“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” – Matthew 6:24
“Money always promises to give me what God says He would provide for me.”
Are you a slave to your finances? Do you feel overly attached to your possessions or financial security? Most of us will probably answer “yes” to either or both of these questions. Our culture is one that promotes money in every way: materialism, consumerism, providing for your family to have a comfortable life, viewing success as being wealthy or financially well off. Even the emphasis on saving up for retirement. None of these things are necessarily evil in and of themselves; the true danger lies in prioritizing your financial stability over your trust in God.
As Pastor Josh speaks about in this message clip, money claims that it will give us many things: joy, peace, hope, among others. But these are false claims. Only Jesus can provide any of these things for us. Having a bigger savings account will not give us peace, nor will owning a nicer car give us joy. Inevitably, we will always be longing for more. Nothing will ever be enough, because we will always live in a mentality of scarcity.
In his letter to the Church of Philippi, the apostle Paul encourages them that because of their generous giving towards his ministry, he has more than enough. He then follows it up with this verse found in chapter 4 verse 19:
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
God has promised to take care of us because in Christ, we have everything we will ever need. Therefore, we never have to stress over finances. God will take care of our every need; perhaps not our every want, but what is absolutely necessary to live. And if we trust Him with our finances completely, we will never have to live with the fear of not having enough. In Christ, we have more than enough.
Watch the full message from Monsters at www.nextlevel.church/watch.