Luke 16:13 “You Cannot Serve Two Masters!”
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
There are so many teachings about God’s attitude toward money. In fact, it can be confusing when you hear quotes that it is easier for wealthy people to walk through the eye of a needle than to get to heaven. But, there are many more quotes in the Bible of how God wants to bless you with wealth. What’s a Christian to believe?
All these quotes really aren’t against acquiring wealth. They actually warn us against loving the wealth and losing perspective. If you get attached to the ease and gluttony that wealth can provide, you begin to focus only on the worldly pleasure that wealth can provide. Before you know it, you’re just living for selfish gluttony and not doing God’s will. Don’t get me wrong. A nice vacation to relax and refresh is certainly okay, but living every day like a vacation day is just lazy and wrong in God’s eyes.
God says if we follow His Word and focus on His teaching and develop godly habits, He will bless us with more blessings than we can imagine. Why? Because He can trust us to use those blessings for the right reasons, to be good stewards and to bless those that can’t help themselves. God wants to know our hearts are focused on Him first, last and always. God sacrificed His Son, sent Him to earth to be humiliated and tortured as intercession for our sins and screw ups. All God asks is that as a result of our appreciation, we keep our heart focused on Him and we repent when we screw up. Then, if we keep our heart right, He will bless us with wealth beyond our wildest dreams. He just wants us to keep our focus where it belongs!
Nowhere in the Bible will you find God saying take from the wealthy and give to the poor and lazy. God wants the wealthy to willingly help those that can’t help themselves out of a love of God and a want to help those who CAN’T help themselves! Don’t apologize for the blessing of wealth! Don’t feel any guilt for wealth you are blessed to have! Instead, be a good steward and glorify the source of that blessing!
Keep your heart right! Never feel guilt from those Pharisees of the modern world, who are only interested in stealing wealth to build their worldly power! Just do right for the right reasons, the reasons God your Father taught you! Don’t fall for the world’s fake guilt trip!!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”