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. The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. (Luke 16:13-15)
Are you like Gollum in Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien? Is money your ring? Once you have it for a while is it hard to let go of? Do you guard it with your life? Is money your “precious?” Did you sneer like the Pharisees when you read this passage? Do you have multiple homes, a private jet, drink expensive wines every night, and/or overspend on clothes and jewelry? Are you using your money for favors that will buy you power? Do you constantly talk about your investments? If you answered yes to any of those questions, money could be your master. If so, you’re probably unhappy because you can never have enough. If money is your master, God still loves you more than you can imagine, but He detests what you’re doing in some aspects of your life.
It isn’t a sin to have money, a large home, or a mansion. You may need it for a large family, fostering children, hosting Bible Studies and youth groups, or telling the wealthy about God. God wants you to have money to bless others and do the work you were born to do.
God loves you more than any father. He doesn’t want you to barely scrape by. If you’ve accumulated money while keeping God’s commands of working diligently and honestly, while loving and shepherding, you are blessed. God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2b: I will bless you. I will make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. It was God who made Abraham wealthy and gave him power so he could shepherd the Jews and be a blessing. Abraham followed God diligently, and God blessed him. God was his master, money wasn’t. If God wants you to be famous, he’ll make you famous like he did Abraham, who was rich, or like Paul, who was poor. Using your money to make you famous will never make you happy, but it is not a sin for Christians to be wealthy.
Father God, bless me and my family with the Holy Spirit and every blessing I need to bless others and fulfill my purpose in Your kingdom. Help me stop and ask questions about upcoming purchases. Do I need it? Can I use it bless others? Will I use it for the glory of God? Thank you for all I have and help me use money wisely. God, I pray you will always be my master; only then will I be happy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.