‘You cannot serve both God and money.’Mathew 6:24 NIV
Money is one of the things that can cause problems. If handled well, it’s useful forus living our lives and helping others. But when we get into debt, rely on retail therapy to feel better, feel like our value depends on our salary, or simply just love money rather than God, we can end up living in an ungodly way. God never says that we shouldn’t have money, and that we shouldn’t spend it, but the Bible does give us some guidelines to help us be godly stewards of our finances. Saving money is a great, and necessary, way to prepare for the future, and to make sure we have enough for days to come. But we shouldn’t save to the point of never relying on God to provide for us, and at the expense of being generous givers. Matthew 6 says: ‘Don’t store treasures for yourselves here on earth where moths and rust will destroy them and thieves can break in and steal them. But store your treasures in heaven where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them’ (vv.19-20 NCV). We can’t take all our money with us when we die, so let’s make sure that we’re sensible and godly in the way we’re saving. We also shouldn’t be spending our money all on ourselves. Throughout the Bible, we’re called to live selflessly. We need to be generous and sacrificial in our giving. When we see people in need, and we have the means to help, let’s help them out. Let’s give what we can to our churches to help them reach more people. And most importantly, let’s remember that we can’t serve both God and money. Which will you choose to serve?
If you’re struggling with your finances, particularly debt, why not take a look at Christians Against Poverty’s website (capuk.org).