Money makes a lousy god

Money, that's the reason why many of us work like slaves despite the fact that Jesus has set us free. Many people believe that we can't live without money. And they are right to a degree. Money is meant to be a servant not a god. It should not have a place in the heart of a Christian.

The Bible is clear, "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

Many of us would like to think that having more money will allow us to have more control of our lives. You know the saying, the more money we have the more power and we can go where we want to go and do what we want to do, right? Wrong! We are fooling ourselves if we think that more possessions will translate into more control.

What life keeps teaching us is that the stuff that we possess end up possessing us. The stuff that we thought would make us happy, and the money that we thought would allow us more freedom, can actually place us in a position of bondage as we try to pay for all the stuff we THINK we need.

The life of faith is a life of trust, and when we get caught up in making money, we usually find ourselves learning to trust our own ability to survive rather than trusting in God to provide for us.

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Here are reasons why money makes a lousy god: 

He that serves God for money will serve the Devil for better wages ~ Sir Roger L’Estrange

Earthly goods are given to be used, not to be collected…. Hoarding is idolotry ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Too often we assume that God has increased our income to increase our standard of living, when his stated purpose is to increase our standard of giving. (Look again at 2 Corinthians 8:14 and 9:11) ~ Randy Alcorn

The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money~ Anonymous

I have watched hundreds of Christians in my time become financially blessed then develop an acquisitive streak that in turn makes their souls as metallic as the coins they seek ~ Selwyn Hughes

He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more ~ William S. Plumer

With Christ, it is not how much we give, but what we do not give that is the real test ~ Oswald Chambers

Don’t tell me you’re trusting God until you trust Him with your pocketbook ~ J. Vernon McGee

The root word for miserable is miser ~ Unknown

God promises to meet all your needs, not all your greeds.”—Unknown

God recognises that we live in a world where money is part of life, and we are to be responsible in handling what is entrusted to us, but we are not to love or to serve money above God. We need to see ourselves as God’s children and realise that money can distract, control and deceive us. We need to stay focused on our true salvation, the God who created us.

Remember to give generously, but with discernment, with a view to His Kingdom purposes, trusting God to supply all your needs.

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