Do You Serve God or Money?

You guessed it….  This one could potentially hurt a little.  Matt. 6:24 “….you cannot serve both God and money.”NIV(emphasis added).

We “know” the right answer to the question, but my question to you is going past your intellect.  If you followed yourself around for a year hidden from sight, which do you serve?  In good times and strained times financially do you follow the Spirit’s leading or money’s leading?  Does fear overcome you when a financial difficulty comes or do you walk in His peace?  If you find out there’s a person in need, do you check with Him about being the answer or is it automatically about whether it cuts into your financial security?  If He told you to empty your bank accounts and give to the poor(as in Matt. 19… rich young ruler), would you walk away with your head down or trust Him with childlike faith?

Although we don’t “feel” like it, we are rich compared to the world standards throughout history. Jesus was referring to you and I when he said “only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 19:23.  We must put things into a kingdom perspective.  When I stand before Him I want to be excited I chose to trust Him like a child during this blink of an eye called life.

Stand with me and let’s have the courage to be childlike- “do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.” Luke 12:29-30 NIV.

I leave you with this….  Imagine yourself actually living without giving much thought to all your “stuff”.  Imagine living like an actual 2 year old in a good home who doesn’t think about how money works and where provision is coming from next time…  Is it possible to live trusting our Father that much in this life? If you serve money you’ll obey it and whatever it says in the name of security or even being financially responsible.  If you decide to let go of the cares of this world with childlike faith, you’ll inherit the Kingdom(Matt 18:3)!!

Joshua

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A Prayer

I just want to take a minute and share a prayer I prayed(not because I’m cool or awesome) that rocked my world this morning.  This is a prayer I recommend you make a part of your life regularly(even morning & night).

It was simply this:

God I MUST know You, see You, and experience You!  I can’t live unless I get to walk with You, talk with You, and know You on new levels in this life! I want to walk with You and know You intimately!  I want You as my promise, not a destination.  Experiencing You, even for a fading moment, would be worth my life even if You hadn’t promised eternity in paradise….

Alright…  There it is…  And NO, I’m not referring to some doctrine about eternity!!  It’s a heart check and nothing more.  We can’t afford to live from our intellect only any more.  We MUST become passionate for THE ONE, and not lose sight of Him for His promises!!  I overstate things in my talking with Him to get fruit in my heart(ex. I would choose a moment with You God over an eternity in paradise).  Obviously He’s there with us or there would be no eternity and no paradise!  It’s a love language, and I recommend you start selling all of you for Him!!

I recently read a quote from Fancis Chan to leave you with: “As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there’s no such thing.  To put it plainly, churchgoers who are “lukewarm” are not Christians.  We will not see them in heaven.” -Crazy Love

Joshua