Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you: Never will I forsake you."
We live in a day and time where money has taken on a god like presence. Christ said in Matthew 6:24 that God's chief competition for the throne of our lives would be money. Money can easily be a powerful replacement for God in our lives. We get instant gratification with money. Money can make us feel good. It can make us feel happy, confidant, powerful, secure,etc. If you think about it, what is there not to like about money?
It is much like the politician that campaigns on illusions. They tell you what they are going to do and what you want to hear. Yet, when they get elected, those promises are forgotten. They were after all illusions in our own minds. As voters we tend to drink the
Kool-Aid and decided to vote for a politician just on the basis of promises.
Money promises a lot of things. It brings a lot to the fulfillment of our ego and sense of self. It is involved in some degree in every aspect of our lives. It carries a sense of importance. It acts as a provider. It is easy to focus on money rather than on God. Money has a way of distorting our priorities. Can you see why Christ singled out money as the chief competition to God in Matthew 6:24?
Matthew 6:24 "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."
We have a choice to give our devotion to God or money every hour of the day in some form or fashion. Money is lovable until you realize that it is the god of illusions. Money provides the illusion of the fulfillment of every emotion in the book. Money doesn't provide real happiness...only the illusion of happiness or security or confidence or etc. You can fill in the blank. Yet, it is easy to get sucked into the illusion. At the end of the day, money cannot promise to be there when it is all said and done. It cannot fulfill false promises.
On the other hand, God provides real promises, happiness, security, love, confidence, etc. It is a love that is always there. God provides instant gratification through a different avenue....Faith. With money you always need something else. Money leaves you with the feeling of there is not enough. You always need more. With God there is a sense of contentment because unlike money, God is the great provider of everything that you need.
"Never will I leave you: Never will I forsake you."