God or Money #1 – U-Haul behind a Hearse

God or Money #1 – U-Haul behind a Hearse
Ken Perry | Assistant to the Reach Pastor

There is an old bumper sticker that says “He who dies with the most toys wins,” but have you ever seen a funeral procession followed by a trailer full of the deceased person’s stuff?  The culture we live in is, by and large, consumed by money and the accumulation of stuff. If one car is good, two must be better. The 50-inch plasma screen is no longer sufficient for the Xbox, Nintendo, or Wii, better get the 70-inch HD LED. Keeping up with the Jones’ has become a very costly endeavor. The facade of wealth lays just in front of the cracked veneer we have created and allowing it to crumble would cost us what… friendships, status, position?

One of the most misquoted verses in the Bible is 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the 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. This verse is often quoted as “Money is the root of all evil.” While that may be popular, it is certainly wrong. The Bible never declares that money is evil; in fact, there are many verses that extol the benefits of money. Psalm 112:3 when speaking of the man who fears the Lord says that “wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.” Genesis 13:2 tells us that Abraham was “very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.” Even wise Solomon, who asked for wisdom instead of riches, was blessed by God with riches that “surpassed all the kings of the earth” (1 Kings 10:23).  God often blesses those who seek Him first. It shows Him what position He has in their lives. (Let me pause for a second to say that if you are struggling with finances, it does not mean you have placed God in an inferior position in your life. Please refer back to our devotion series on trials and what they are meant to produce in us.)

The real issue here is whether you have things; or rather do your things have you? Matthew 6:24 tells us, “No one can serve two masters. For 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 God and money. Notice what the verse does not say.  It does not say if you are super spiritual, go to church three days a week, and memorize the Bible backward you might be able to serve both. In 25 versions of this passage, it is very clear; you CANNOT serve God and money.

Matthew 6 19-21 gives us a clear picture of what our motivation should be, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Quite simply, money is a tool. It is neither good nor bad. The same dollar can be used to buy illegal drugs, or it can be used to build an orphanage. It all depends on the heart of the user.

Let me refer to the top paragraph. I am not saying that if you have those things, you are doing something wrong. Remember we have a good Father in Heaven that loves to bless His children. I am saying, however, that if the motivation behind the money is to have more stuff, then we should really consider where our heart and treasure really are. Are you trying to serve two masters? Joshua said it best, “Choose this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” God is ultimately interested in the position of our heart, not in the thickness of our pocketbook.

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