Grace Moments Devotions - February 20, 2018

In cash we trust
Pastor Mark Jeske

Becoming a good manager of God’s stuff, especially his money, is difficult. It is learned behavior and it takes time. Our natural inclination is to love money and use people (for example: rapper 50 Cent’s 2003 debut CD was entitled Get Rich or Die Tryin’). Jesus teaches us to love people and use money—see the difference? Jesus did the reverse—he embraced poverty so that we might become rich. Bob Dylan wrote a hit song in 1979 that contradicted the myth of pure personal autonomy. He called it “Gotta Serve Somebody.”

He’s agreeing with Jesus.“No servant 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 God and Money” (Luke 16:13). Money makes a terrible master. Money is a terrible lover. Money can be an addiction as bad as heroin.

Stamped on U.S. currency is the legend In God We Trust. This is a sad joke for many Americans, who neither believe it nor follow it. But it is a great reminder for people who take Jesus’ words seriously. We can love and serve God first and use money to honor him.

How do you measure your true wealth?

Where is your trust? Who is your God?


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