“The market can show you the price of everything but can’t show you the value of anything!”
People use money to show what is most important to them. When you understand that God owns it ALL and have a financial plan to handle the resources He has entrusted to us, you can begin to live the life God designed for you to live. Money can buy “stuff,” but it can’t give you the joy and peace of mind that comes from operating in obedience to the Word of God.
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other; or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24
If money brought people joy, then former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson should be one of the most joyful persons alive. After all, he earned nearly four hundred million dollars in his career. But in a June 23, 2004, New York Times article, he said, “When I had money, I was an animal. I was so belligerent; I was so cantankerous, so persistently disregardless. I wasn’t that nice of a person. Just because you buy mansions and cars doesn’t mean you know what money is worth. I lost all across the board. My life has been a total waste.”
We need to be careful when we have the opportunity to gain wealth, change our status in society, and own some of the world’s goods, that we don’t expect those things to make us happy. We cannot serve both God and money. We have to make sure that we continue to serve God and use money. Otherwise, we will find ourselves serving money and using God. We have to keep our priorities straight.
Heavenly Father, we will have no other gods before us. We have so many examples of people whose minds and hearts have become warped because they began to serve money. Keep our minds and our hearts focused on You, O God. Let us recognize that all of our money belongs to You anyhow, so it is ours only to use as You wish, not as we want. Help us always to put You first, Lord God. In Your holy name we pray, Amen.
Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr., Life Illustrated: Daily Thoughts for Your Daily Walk!