The Bible makes it clear that as believers in Jesus Christ we have a personal relationship with God. He is our Master. We are His servants. The Bible also makes it clear that we must protect against having the wrong relationship with money. In fact, the Scripture clearly warns us not to love money.
Hebrews 13:5 says, “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.’”
The problem with loving money is two-fold: First that makes money your Master instead of God. Matthew 6:24 says: “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.”
Second, money does not love you back.
So to have a right relationship with God we must see Him as our rightful and only true Master. Submit to Him as His servant and then use money as a tool. To keep money out of our hearts the Lord reminds us we are His temporary stewards over all that He provides for us. This removes the pride of ownership from our hearts. We are then evaluated if we are faithful, not successful with money.
When we get this relationship sorted out, we can love God with all of our heart, mind and soul, and steward money without all the emotional attachments that tend to develop when it begins to try to take over the throne of our hearts. When we run money out of our hearts and invite God to sit on that throne, we have begun the journey to becoming a good and faithful servant of our true Master. Now, don’t begin to hate money, just keep it away from your heart.
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