Updated: Nov 8, 2019
Matthew 6:24:"No one 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."
Matthew 19:21-26: "Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first."
Mark 4:19:"...but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful."
Luke 6:32-35 :“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked."
Love Gives Way To Salvation
Greediness And Vanity Leads To Shame
No amount of money can replace
The way it feels, to put a smile on someone's face
Why do we all seem to live for the dollar
As if the world is just black and white
But really, there are so many different colors?
No amount of money
Can buy a person's heart
No amount of money
Can tear real love apart
Why is it so important?
It really is surreal,
Money can't buy happiness,
It can't change how we really feel?
Time, is also precious thing
We are all living for the future
We are coming and going, coming and going
Thinking we know what happens next
But not actually knowing?
Showing someone kindness
Making time for someone else
Giving up your dollar bills
To help out someone, other than yourself
Watching the sun come up
Watching the sun come down
If you stop for a minute and just look
Then you see, colors are all around
Why are we even really here?
What does God want us to do?
Love him, love others, give up your time?
Start there, my friend, and you will soon see,
Happiness comes from you loving others
Not just "living for me."
Give to those in need, and do not expect repayment
Jesus gives to us forgiveness, and he is
The only one who can save us.
Love even those who Hate you,
Love even if it's hard and there is no earthly reward
Because love like that, changes hearts,
People that love like Jesus,
Have heavenly rewards in store.
When you die and your time is up?
Will you enter heaven, or hell?
Having hope on just luck?
When you stand before God
Possessing nothing from here,
Will be standing alone
Or have people you love, near?
Because the truth of the matter is
That what you leave behind,
Never added anything to your eternal life.
The only thing that comes with you
Is the relationships you made,
Your reputation on Earth,
And the love that you gave.
In today's world and even in the past, Money has been made to matter. Let's get real here, and admit, we need money to survive. Even if we dislike the idea of it, without it we would starve, be homeless, be dependent, ext. When we read the passages and what God's word says, it tells us that " You cannot love God, and Money." Love of money, is the key to this phrase. God knows we all need some type of money based on the system of order in this time period that we live in.
He is not asking or telling us we can not have money, simply saying instead, do not have the love of money.
He tells us this, believers and unbelievers, and he gives us this instruction to warn us and protect us and guide us into a peaceful life and a future of salvation, that has nothing to do with the amount of money we have or had. He tells us this because money can easily corrupt even the most caring, nice, and loving people and turn them into someone's worse nightmare.
Money, in my opinion, is a tool of the devil. Not only because we depend on it and live off it, but it also opens up doors to wanting unlimited material wealth and possessions. This desire causes the rich and the poor to be greedy, envious, depressed, vain, and mostly jealous. None of these desires or feelings come from our God. God wants so much more for us, yet here we all are distracted and deceived.
God, and Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, are all for love. They believe and instill and show us every day, that we can be and were made to be so much more than what we see in everyday life. We all seem to miss the beauty all around us and the faithfulness and kindness that God has shown us, through His Word, Through his gifts, Through his son. God, wants us to invest our time and our emotions on others. Just like he does for us. He wants us to build relationships that bring you and them, a joy and friendship, that goes beyond earth. A spiritual relationship.
"My hope for me, and for you, is that when we kneel before God, he will see all those I have encountered in life, standing beside me, happy to have known me. Happy and joyous and thankful. I know I will be also grateful and excited to stand by those who have been good to me also. Even the simplest act of kindness from a pure heart can start a change, or a chain reaction, or even more a new desire for following, our father, God. That is what matters, that is why we were made, this is what we should be living for."
Prayer For Today
Thank you father God for showing me your mercy and grace and your love for me. I wouldn't understand the true meaning of love if it wasn't for your word, and even more, your actions and promises for me and all those who come to know you. I believe in you, I believe in The Holy Spirit, I believe in Jesus Christ. If I can show another, even a glimpse, of the same love, I know it would be more fulfilling than any amount of what money can bring. Happiness and light is found only in you. I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ and even more, my enemies, and unbelievers. I pray we all find peace and joy in you and your unfailing love.
In Jesus Christ Name I pray,