I like having money. Having it allows me to go and do, or stay and do; having it helps to have a more comfortable life. Not having it gives me a headache from worry about how I am going to make it financially.
Jesus said “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19-20 NIV (http://bible.com/111/mat.6.19-20.NIV)
I know He’s got it covered. How do I know this? Because He has shown me, time after time after time. The next verses are ones I think we all love to hate at times.
“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.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? – Matthew 6:24-27 NIV (http://bible.com/111/mat.6.24-27.NIV)
Jesus goes on to give us more reasons not to worry…. but we humans seem to require something to worry – and complain – about! If I think on it enough, there is always something that isn’t perfect for me. Clothes, food, house, yard, car, kids, spouse or the lack of one, animals, work, no work, coworkers, fellow students, family members…..did I leave anything out? How about the fear/worry of not being good enough; of not believing I’m worthy of His care.
He’s got that one covered, too. “For GOD so Loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal Life.” – John 3:16 NIV (http://bible.com/111/jhn.3.16.NIV)
Got the “Whoever” part? Jesus clearly says He will take care of us if we will let Him. I’m still not rich by earthy standards, and our income doesn’t allow for all the travel and goodies I would like to have. We have a comfortable home, and enough food to eat (too much, at times!). I am loved and I love my family. I don’t want for anything that I need, but I certainly don’t have everything I want (but don’t need!). Money is not evil, and there isn’t anything wrong with having nice things. It’s when we put the pursuit of money and things above God that we have a problem. I like to put it this way: do I give Jesus the same amount of time as we do for our pursuit of the “good” life? Am I spending more time and money chasing a dream than I can spare for God? Check your attitude for gratitude. I may not be wealthy but the world’s standards, but I am rich beyond words.