Do you love God or do you love money?
Love of Money
Hebrews 13:5 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.”
Money is a necessity; we are working to earn money to be able to live. The desire to earn money is not evil, rather, it is the love of money that makes us do wrong. Love of money is the root of all evil. The problem is, when we want increase and when we are not contented with what we have, we are being greedy. You are serving money if you envy other people and you want to be like them and you are obsessed with becoming rich. That is greediness and love for money if you cannot be contented. Love of money can make us selfish. Remember that when we leave this earth, we cannot bring anything, even all the money that we worked for.
Love of God
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
You love God if you are contented with what you have, if you are happy even if you’re not rich, if you are sharing your blessings generously, if you didn’t worry about your needs because you know that God can provide everything. You are serving God if you’re doing all of these. Your eyes are focused on God and on the life after death. You’re not focusing on worldly treasures, instead, you focus on the treasures in heaven. That’s what God wants us to do, to love Him and depend on Him in everything.
You Cannot Love God and Money
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.
If you love and serve money, you cannot serve God; then everything you will do is evil. That’s why the love of money is the root of all evil. You need to choose between God and money.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Now, think of who you are serving: is it the Lord your God or money? Cleanse your mind of what money can bring to your life and understand that God is our true source of joy. All happiness is based on Him. We should have the right perspective by now.