This week’s iPromise Principle: God is faithful when and where you are not.
Today’s iPromise Principle: God and your money are at war for your heart.
“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” [Matt. 6:24]. In this unsettling verse, Jesus used the Aramaic word for money, speaking of Mammon as if it were a spiritual entity vying with God for our allegiance.
Both money and God are matters of the heart. They both touch our deepest needs, fears, desires, and dreams. Money seeks our hearts, even as God does. But only God can fill it. Thus Jesus said we can’t serve both God and Mammon. Neither will share our worship.
But if you are like me (and I am pretty sure you are), we’ve tried hard to prove Jesus wrong. We have sought to serve the Lord and, at the same time, to embrace the materialism of our culture. We have said things like, “As long as I put God first, it’s okay to have lots of money and the things money can buy.” This may well be true, but our rationalizations have often masked our own submission to money. Until we acknowledge money’s power in our lives, until we admit that we struggle to serve God and not money, we won’t be released from its power. Thus we won’t be free to worship God fully, with all that we have and all that we are.
When we realize that all that we have and all that we are belongs to, “our” money is really God’s money to be used for His purposes. God seeks our worship, not only in our songs and prayers, but also in our giving and spending. Most of all, God desires the full devotion of our hearts.
“God has given us the use of his resources for a short time here on earth, and we have much to be grateful for. Go through your day sometime just recognizing that everything is God’s. Get out of God’s bed and walk into God’s bathroom, and turn on God’s shower, and then put on God’s clothes. Eat God’s cereal and drink God’s coffee. Get in God’s car and head to work. When we start to see all of our resources as God’s it helps us develop an attitude of gratitude that leads to a heart of worship.”
It is not wrong to have money. It is not wrong to buy things. In fact, I find money to be very useful and good. Fellowship Church finds money to be very useful to accomplish the mission and vision of the church. But when something good becomes a god, the pleasure it brings dies in the process.
It is why every Christian should ask these questions in regards to their finances:
1- Why am I buying this?
2- Does this purchase position me to worship God purely?
3- Am I still capable to give cheerfully?