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Monday, May 8, 2017

Love God or Love Money

May 8

(Luke 16:9-15 NIV) "I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. {10} "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. {11} So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? {12} And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own? {13} "No servant 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." {14} The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. {15} He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight."

(Ecclesiastes 5:10-15 NIV) "Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. {11} As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? {12} The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. {13} I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, {14} or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. {15} Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand."

In this culture, it’s much easier to “follow the money” than to follow the Lord. Money is a huge idol and the amount that we have is immaterial to the depth of our idolatry. People with little wealth often idolize Money as much as those who are rich. Jesus calls us to something different. He taught that our investment in things eternal is the only thing that will outlast us. In God’s economy, you can’t take it with you… but you can send it on ahead. Earthly investments will do us no good in eternity unless they were invested in things eternal. Christ values people more than stuff. That is because people last forever. Things and stuff rot and turn to dust. They are not created for eternity. This is why Jesus spent His life accumulating people and died with virtually no stuff. We would be wise to follow His example. Love God and use money, rather than loving Money and using God. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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