Sept. 30, 2016

Friday
Luke 18:18-30

What is it about money that messes with our minds?

Money, in and of itself, is neutral. It’s neither good nor bad on its own. It’s our attitude and actions in how we use or manage money that make the difference. Money is necessary for taking care of our needs, providing for our families, and growing God’s Kingdom through his church. But if we are not careful, instead of seeing money as a resource entrusted to us by God to be used in a Christ-honoring way, it becomes something that controls us, or at least our attitudes. We often do not want to share money, or part with it, unless it’s for something we really want. As the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).

The rich young ruler allowed his wealth, his money, and his possessions to keep him from having God’s very best. Ask God to help you keep your priorities aligned with his: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. And all these things will be added unto you“ (Matthew 6:33).