Jesus on Money: Part 2
You Cannot Serve Two Masters
19 “Don’t save treasures for yourselves here on earth. Moths and rust will destroy them. And thieves can break into your house and steal them.20 Instead, save your treasures in heaven, where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. 21 Your heart will be where your treasure is.
22 “The only source of light for the body is the eye. If you look at people and want to help them, you will be full of light. 23 But if you look at people in a selfish way, you will be full of darkness. And if the only light you have is really darkness, you have the worst kind of darkness.[c]
24 “You cannot serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one and love the other, or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money[d] at the same time.
I absolutely love the wisdom taught by real teachers such as Dave Ramsey and Mary Hunt on money and prosperity they teach something that I wish I would've learned as a youth. Live off of 80%, Give 10%, Save 10%. I love this! Sounds simple right but how many of us ever do this? We usually spend over what we make and it's gone as soon as we get it plus we use credit cards too. It's depressing to live pay check to paycheck and not feel like you can get anywhere with your life because you are always broke. Over the past several years I've really been studying and learning how to live on less than we make. We are paying off our debt and saving to buy a home that we can afford to pay off in 15 years. That's another thing they both teach you to do; which completely goes against what most people are doing. Another reason I like them, I've always been rebellious and against the tide kind of gal. So for further studies I highly recommend anything published by Dave Ramsey or Mary Hunt very good information and start saving today and stop using credit cards now! Cut them up throw them away and use less than what you have. Be happy and content most importantly with your lot in life. Be resourceful and use what you have. Make a list of wishes, dreams, wants, goals and work towards those and some of them you will realize just aren't important after awhile and others will be. Don't be afraid to dream big but start small today with what you have. Give generously from a glad and joyous heart that's what is pleasing to our Father God. Money isn't evil it's just a tool, what people do with it determines rather it's used for good or for bad, for selfish means or for worthwhile charitable endeavors. Whatever the desires are in the heart come out with the more money you have. If you have a pure heart you can be filthy rich and it will not corrupt that purity to serve and to live for Jesus and so yes He will certainly trust you with more as you prove to do good with little.
Put God’s Kingdom First
25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are? 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at the wildflowers in the field. See how they grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 30 If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? It’s just grass—one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small!
31 “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries.
Please see part 3 for more biblical references to giving, money and possessions and worry.