Unspeakable Joy Devotional

2-October

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God or Money. Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Jesus makes clear that we must choose who will be our master-God or money. As God’s servants, he wants our total allegiance.

The Lord tells us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Money says we should hold on to what we have so that we can be secure. God says that we reap what we sow “Be not deceived; God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7. Money says we should do whatever it takes to get ahead because “the person with the most toys wins.” Jesus said, “Give back to Caeser what is Caesar’s (in taxes) and to God what is God’s “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caeser the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.” Mark 12:17. Money says its OK to cheat the government because they are poor money managers anyway. God calls us to be generous. Money calls us to be selfish and to hoard our wealth. God says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35. Money says we should not give, because we will not have enough to provide for our needs.

As Christ-followers, we make a difference in our world by living in a way opposite to the god of money. As our faith in Jesus grows, our lives are marked by selflessness, generosity, and love. The world hungers for Christ and the richness he brings through us.

Who do you follow?

Father, we commit our lives afresh to you. We trust in your unfailing love and look forward to the creative ways you will provide for us. Amen.

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