By Kim Burch
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money)."
We spend all our time trying to find ways to make more money. Billions of advertising dollars are spent trying to get us to spend our hard earned money. We work hard for it; we spend sleepless nights worrying about it. We play the lottery trying to win it.
Just imagine if an alien landed on our planet with no concept of money. Judging only by our actions, which master would it think we serve? It would see us:
- Working 40+ hours a week for a paycheck
- Spending billions of dollars on ways to get more money
- Stressing over money or the lack thereof
- Praying to God to give us more money
The fact of the matter is, where we spend our time and energy is the master that we serve.
The Word of God says "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL these things (i.e. money, healing, peace etc) will be added to you." Matthew 6:33
We spend our time seeking money, but when we "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God..." the money will come. Don't expect it to fall from heaven. But when we plant a seed of "Seek ye first"; God will plant a seed in us of a great idea. And when we water our seed with praise; God will water His seed with opportunity. When we nurture our seed with faith; God will nurture His seed with the Faith to take action.
Great Idea + Opportunity + Action = WEALTH
Instead of working for money, money should work for us. So we can spend our time and energy working for God's Kingdom.
God Wants Us to Invest Our Money
God knows that we need money to feed and clothe ourselves as well as pay our debts. But we must be good stewards over our money. I must admit that I can do a lot better at being a good steward over my money.
In Luke 19:12-25, Jesus told a story about a nobleman that gave 10 of his servants ten minas (coins) and said to them "Do business till I come." When he returned he called for the 10 servants so that he could find out how much they had gained from trading.
The 1st servant told him that his one mina had earned ten. The 2nd servant said that his one mina had earned five. The noblemen said to them "Well done good & faithful servant." and rewarded them ruler ship over 10 & 5 cities.
The 3rd servant told the noblemen that he feared him, so he kept the mina in a handkerchief. The noblemens response was "..you wicked servant! Why didn't you put my money in the bank so it can collect interest?" Then the noblemen took the money from him and gave it to the man who made ten minas.
The Word of God doesn't talk about the other seven servants. (I can only assume that they spent the mina.) I don't even want to know what happened to them. Especially when he called the servant who kept his money in a handkerchief "Wicked Servant!".
GOD Will Let Us Rule Over Much If We Become
Good Stewards with a Little.
Kim Burch is a 3 year stroke survivor, up-and-coming Network Marketer and a budding author. She is also the founder of http://www.kineticnetworkmarketing.com and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org