Money – # 001

Money had been a hot topic for generations and will continue to be a subject much talked about till Jesus return.

The interesting thing about money is that – men and women can develop a relationship with it!

People can develop devotional relationship to money as we can be devoted to God.

Let’s look at what Jesus said about money –

 

No servant 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. 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.” (Luke 16:13-14)

 

Christians who sought advice about money issues had often been quoted Luke 16:13. But still many are scratching their heads what to do about it.

Can you see the answer and solution to what Jesus said?

 

The answer is in what Jesus said.

 

For example if you talk to your banker about money, what would he say? He will most likely tell you to invest this and that.

If you talk to your insurance agent about money, what would he say? He will most likely tell you to buy policy and save.

Jesus is the only person who is kind enough, truthful enough to warns us, money can influence and affect our relationship with God –

 

for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other

 

If I may use modern day illustration to interpret Luke 16:13

 

A person can do things to hate God for the love of money.

 

That same person can be so devoted to God, and he would not feel any regret losing money for the sake of having better relationship with Jesus.

 

No man is an island. How we relate to God will eventually influence how we relate to people around us.

Modern day living in urban society, we just cannot do without the banking system, can we?

Therefore how we relate to money will show us about our relationship with Jesus and people around us.

 

Let’s consider two different kinds of people in our society, who are of the opposite camp –

 

A) The Bad Guy, Really Bad Guy

People who loved money to the extent of hating God, and that hate relationship is expressed against truth, moral values and goodness associated with Jesus.

For example people who are involved in human trafficking and organ trades for monies and having no sense of godliness and moral justice.

We are living with realities of countless incidents of illegal human trades which break our hearts, and it is on the increasing trend reported frequently on mainstream news.

In our modern day context of much awareness against illegal human trade, such wickedness is on the increase.

Law enforcement and punishment does not seem to have the authoritative influence to resolve such ungodly activities. People willfully break the law.

 

The roots of the matter are in people having no fear of God but lots of love for monies.

 

The wickedness of humanity has no limits when people have no relationship with the light and truth of God’s word expressed through Jesus.

When men and women bonded themselves into such deep relationship with monies, there will be no place for morals and righteousness in their hearts.

 

for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other

 

Jesus had warned us about it. We need to be careful how we relate to money.

The roots of many social ills are hidden deep in the hearts of men and women deeply bonded in relationship with money to the extent of despising law and punishment.

Ultimately these same people will despise God.

 

Money is an invisible master that has the power to controls our thoughts and emotions.

 

 

B) The Good People, the Really Good People

People who are devoted to God to the extent they will give away all their wealth to serve God, and have no regrets about it.

The simple act of giving away our wealth for the blessing of others is a simple indication of our love for God greater than our dependency on money.

 

We see examples in the Book of Acts, disciples who were devoted to following the ways of Jesus they sold their properties and laid the profit at the feet of the Apostles. They lived in a shared community.

Those were the days – that community was happy, satisfied, and having no lack.

 

They did what they did because they loved Jesus more than money.

 

That love for Jesus brought them into a state of contentment and ease.

Since the days of Jesus, we have many stories of good people whose hearts and minds are so devoted to Jesus they choose to live simple basic life for the glory of God.

Indeed, how we relate to God will eventually influence how we relate to people around us.

 

Our love relationship with Jesus, our devotion to God will eventually grant us the capacity to share and care.

 

Our relationship with Jesus reveals to us the goodness of our Father in heaven and it encourages us to do the same to people around us.

Back to the subject matter – money is a hot topic and what to do with money?

 

The answer is in what Jesus said.

 

Jesus is the only person who is kind enough, honest enough to tell us to love God and serve God with our monies.

When we use our monies to serve the works and ministry of Jesus, we are expressing our love and devotion to Jesus.

 

When money becomes men and women’s secret lover – people move into the dark side.

 

When men and women love Jesus above all else, our future is bright and secured in the kingdom of God.

 

How we relate to money. It is an important matter for us to consider and reconsider –

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. (Proverbs 30:8-9)

 

 

In-His-Service

David Z