By Bishop Charles Agyinasare
Matthew 6:24 (NIV) “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
According to Jesus, the two masters of this world are God and Money. In essence, every person has two driving forces: God or Money. Our fight against wanting more is more pressing than being content. We are taught in life that personal advancement thrives on earning more, knowing more and acquiring more. We are wired to believe that success is only defined by assets in terms of what one possesses.
As a believer, you must always place God above anything . It is not wrong to want more or desire more but it becomes an issue when the only thing driving you to want more is greed and not to do more for God. We have a creed that places us far above greed; and that’s not being covetous.
Here are three things to note about choosing God over money:
1. . It is God that gives wealth
Wealth that is not given by God fades away quickly and has no peace. Proverbs 13:11(NLT) “Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.”
2. Learn to be content
We may not have what we want but we can be satisfied with what we have. For in Christ, little is much. 1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
3. Remember the 10th commandment
If you are covetous, God sees you as an idol worshipper. Jesus assures us that a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. (Luke 12:15)
Precious one, your value is not in what you own. In actual fact, all these things are just tools to help us accomplish the task of God. We must see God as the ultimate and not the quest to get wealthy by all means.
Heavenly Father, give me the understanding of Abraham to know that my blessings rest in You in Jesus’ name, Amen.