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Friday, April 7, 2017

God or Money, Choose One

April 7

(Matthew 6:24 NIV) "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."

(Matthew 19:21 NIV) ""Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.""

(Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV) "Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless."

Money is the only idol spelled with a capital letter in the New Testament. That is significant. Jesus emphasized the folly of trying to love both God and Money. He went so far as to declare that we cannot love both. Money is an insidious false god in the lives of many people today. It is demanding and it controls the lives of far too many Christians. It often determines our availability for service to the Lord. We can easily end up loving Money more than we love Jesus. When we love Money, it becomes the driving force in our life and we can never get enough of it. The amount we possess is irrelevant. It’s as addictive as any drug on the market. The only successful “treatment program” involves giving it away. It boils down to this: Money will be our Master and run our lives, or Jesus will be our Lord and guide us in faith. But only one can truly be our Lord and Master. Which one will it be? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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