Money. Mula. Paper. Benjamins. Dinero.
It’s a necessary part of life, but an awkward topic of conversation. Some of us have money. Some of us don’t. Some of us have jobs. Some of us don’t. Some of us have stress caused by money. Some of us have never thought or worried about money in our lives. No matter where we are in regard to money, the fact remains. Money is powerful and is an important topic of conversation.
In fact, the Bible has a lot
to say about money.
Let’s read what Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 6. In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, after talking about loving our enemies, murder and adultery, being salt and light, giving to the needy, and prayer and fasting, Jesus talks about money. Here’s what he says.
“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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 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.” – Matthew 6:19-24
In light of this passage, here are a few things for you to think about this week.
- What do you treasure most in the world?
- What goals have you set your sights on?
- Why do you think we can’t serve both God and money?
- How can God become the ultimate treasure in our lives?
- How can we start “storing up for ourselves treasures in heaven”?