“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.”
Day by Day
Many people pray that the Lord would allow them to win the lottery. It seems like such a good solution to life’s problems! People imagine that if they had all of that money, their needs would be met and their cares would disappear.
Lottery winners generally tell a different story. Their needs seem never-ending, and their cares multiply. How can that be?
In today’s Bible verse, Jesus explains that money is really a master. If you serve it, you depend on it as the answer to everything, and you spend all of your time trying to accumulate more of it. You trust it to give you everything you need, and when you realize that you still are not happy, you figure that you just need more. When that does not work, you are tempted to despair, to hate and despise God, because he has not blessed you with everything you desire.
By contrast, when you serve God, you realize that money is a gift to be used to his glory. You take care of your obligations and your family. You figure out how to use your money to promote the gospel, which promises you forgiveness of sins and peace through Jesus Christ. You come to hate and despise the love of money as “a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). You gain a perspective on life that can only come through service to God.
Christians pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” and they trust that God will take care of their monetary and other physical needs, day by day.
Prayer: (Christian Worship Supplement: 765)
Day by day, your mercies, Lord, attend me, bringing me comfort to my anxious soul. Savior, lead me to the home I treasure, where at last I’ll find eternal rest. Amen.