Devotional – Wednesday, June 8, 2022
“You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” (Matthew 6:24b, NLT)
Vacations…leisure…the latest fashion…toys…tools…electronics…‘stuff’ of all shapes and sizes . And it’s all available to anyone who has enough money to pay for them or has good enough credit to borrow the money in order to obtain the objects of one’s desire. Not having money on the other hand is an unenviable position for anyone to find themselves in. Having no money means living without things, sometimes even those things that are necessary to sustain life, let alone provide for ‘quality’ of life. No wonder money can have such a strong pull on us as the human race. It is an unavoidable part of our every day, no matter what our currency.
Jesus understood the necessity of money for living, but he also knew the dangers it posed. It has an addictive quality capable of ensnaring people in its clutches. Once it does, we find ourselves trapped in the never-ending pursuit of needing to get more and of never being satisfied. And Jesus knew that the line that separates a healthy view of money and allowing it to enslave one, is very thin. Like anything to which we give our allegiance aside from God, it is an unrelenting and unforgiving master. The more you have, the more you want, the more you work…the less you give. Once mastered by money, it is impossible to serve God.
God wants those who have chosen to live their lives for him to be generous, to help others in their areas of need and to do so willingly and cheerfully. Serving God requires that we release our hold on ‘our’ stuff, including our money, for his use; serving money prevents us from doing so. When we become slaves to the need to get things, increase our bank accounts, store up treasure for ourselves in the here and now, we hang onto these things with a white-knuckled determination…to our own detriment.
This week, I’d encourage you to consider your own attitudes toward money and ‘stuff.’ Are your hands and your hearts open to give…or do you find yourself in a money trap? If you find that you’ve crossed that line, ask God to help you gain a new perspective so that you can serve him as a faithful follower of Jesus…living life for him and not for the unrelenting master of money.
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!