The Money

“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 6:24

Early in my career while doing work that I saw as more of a mission than a job, another company of-fered me a more lucrative position. Our family could I hadn’t been looking for another job, because I loved my current role, which was growing into a calling.

But the money . . .

I called my father, then in his seventies, and explained the situation. His answer was crisp and clear: “Don’t even think about the money. What would you do?” In an instant, my mind was made up. The money would have been my only reason for leaving the job I loved!” Thanks, Dad.

Jesus devoted a substantial section of His Sermon on the Mount to money. He taught us to pray not for an accumulation of riches but for “our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). He warned against storing up treasures on earth (V. 19). “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” Jesus said (V. 33).

Money matters. But money shouldn’t rule our decision-making process.

By Tim Gustafson



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