God or Money #2 – Money, Money, Money
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader
Our world revolves around the all mighty dollar. Our culture is constructed in a way that to survive a person must make money and spend money. Every day we are inundated with advertisements trying to get us to spend our money on their products. It is impossible to even drive to work without seeing billboards or signs begging us to spend our money. When kids go to college, many times they are encouraged to pick a major that has the highest earning potential. At times, it can seem like every decision we make in our life ultimately revolves around money. With this being the world that we live in, it can be easy to lose focus of what is most important. Scripture warns us of the dangers of money.
1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”
First, let us clear something up that money is not inherently evil! When we look throughout Scriptures, there are many examples of people who were blessed with immense wealth. The money is not the issue; it is the heart behind the money that needs to be kept in check. When we love money more than we love God, we are in serious trouble. Christ needs to always be our primary focus. He needs to be the one that we are relying on for our needs. The question becomes, is our master God or money? It takes some serious reflection to figure out the answer to this question. For those of you who have been blessed financially, make sure you are using that blessing to honor God. I was very lucky to grow up in a family that was blessed financially, and my parents were always using what God had given them to bless other people. We constantly hosted church events in our home, and they were always looking for ways to use what God had given them to bless others. If God is truly our master and not money, we will use what God has given us to His glory. When we love money that is when sin and destruction can enter our lives. One of the simplest ways to show God that He is our master, and not money, is by tithing to the church. This simple act shows the Lord that we understand everything we have came from Him and already belongs to Him. Each and every day we need to rely on the Lord for our provision, with the understanding that EVERYTHING we have has been provided by God. Let us love Christ above all, and use the material possessions that He has given us for the glory of God