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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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Money, Money, Money

Beth Jones

[I recently wrote a new book: Wealth & Generosity - Living in God’s Economy. Today, I'm sharing another excerpt from the book in hopes that you are encouraged and stirred up to "get the basics" on this subject!] 

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 (NIV)

How should a believer think, view, or feel about money? Does God want Christians to hate money as evil, avoid money, or choose between God and money? As we will discover, money is not evil. Money is neutral; the love of money is what creates the evil. 

In the hands of a loving, generous person, money can do great good. In the hands of a selfish, evil person, money can bring great harm. God doesn’t want our trust or love to be in money. He wants our affection to be set on Him. When we trust God, we can have money. When we trust in money, we can’t have God. 

We can see clearly in Matthew 6:24 that Jesus says we cannot serve both God and money. But what did He mean by this? Did He mean you can’t serve God and have money? Did He mean if you have money you can’t serve God? What does it mean to serve money?

When we serve money, we allow it to tell us what we can do, not do, give, and not give. When money is the boss of us, it makes us a slave. When we serve God, we allow Him to tell us what we can do, not do, give, and not give. This is much more liberating—especially since He is the source of everything we have, including money.

Again, many people - including Christians - get this wrong. It’s the love and craving for money that is the root of all evil. Money itself is neutral. If we maintain the right perspective and relationship with money, it can be a powerful tool for good and for getting the gospel to the world, for building churches, for helping Christian organizations and for helping the poor and needy receive help and justice.

When we have the Lord in our lives, we have more than any amount of money could ever buy. While God wants us to be content with what we have, He is the same God who gives us many promises concerning His desire to give us the power to get wealth and to be generous.

This week, let’s stir ourselves up with just a few of those promises:

Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”  Psalm 35:27 (NKJV) 

We went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. Psalm 66:12 (KJV) 

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 (NKJV)

The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 (NKJV)

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32 (NKJV)

Say It: Dear Father, I am so thankful for Your Word. It is the truth. I am beginning to get a better working knowledge of how you see money. Help me to renew my mind to see, believe, and experience wealth and generosity the way You desire. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”