We have 168 hours in a week and we spend and average of 40 of them on the job, 50 of them sleeping, a few more to rest and leisure activities, and a few more to family and friends.
No matter how you slice it, you will give all of your time to something and spend most of your money living life.
The question we must answer is, for what purpose am I spending myself?
Jesus gave us this rather honest truth…
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.
~ Luke 16:13 NLT
He wasn’t saying that you shouldn’t have money, or make money, or invest money. He was saying that if you are living purely for the purpose of getting more money, you can’t also be living for God’s purposes in your life.
Money is a terrible master. It offers no grace. It’s harsh. It brings stress and deadlines and shortages and never “stretches,” as we like to say. It can rule our emotions and set an agenda for all of our time that isn’t healthy, if we allow it.
God is a wonderful Master, on the other hand. He’s a loving Father, offering grace and mercy to all who see their need for it. He leads us out of love and has good intentions for our lives for all eternity.
So choose your master wisely.
Add to this the fact that money is a pretty good servant when God is the real master of your life. Money sends missionaries, puts kids through college, feeds hungry bellies, funds research to fight disease, and provides our food, shelter, and other necessities of life.
Money isn’t bad. It’s just a bad master to serve. The real question is, who’s in charge of you right now?