“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Well Lord knows we aren’t serving money right now in our house. There simply isn’t any. Or rather there isn’t enough. Ironically though, I cannot think of a time when there HAS ever been enough. There is always more month left at the end of the money.
I’m hoping the latest recession will teach us a thing or two about needs versus wants. A lot of people in the McMansions are probably wishing they’d opted for a Value Meal instead. Maybe this time around, people will learn that family, friends and relationships are the things that really are valuable.
This chapter goes on to say:
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
I know I shouldn’t worry–but how can I not? Friends and family members are losing their jobs every day. Some have been out of work for months. And the ones who do have jobs? They are working crazy hours with no raises and fear they will be the next ones to receive pink slips. I know that the birds don’t worry and the flowers don’t fear for what to wear, but let’s face it–they don’t have three colleges and a retirement to worry about.
But Matthew is right–worry cannot add a single moment to our lives. Verse 21 says, “21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” If we obsess about money and think that it can give us things that it cannot, then we will be chasing something that we won’t ever catch.
Matthew is telling us that we need to realize what is important. My house is important, but only because it provides a save haven for my children. I love my yarn, but mostly because it allows me to make things for people I love. And my car gets me to church and to my friends. It takes my children to activities that they love.
We need to recognize that money only has power if we give it power. It is when we allow it to take priority over the important things in the world–our relationship with God, our relationship with our friends, that we lose everything.