Our Money and These Turbulent Times!

Date October 9, 2008

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This past month has watched the meltdown of long-time financial institutions and the seizure and quick sale of the largest bank failure in the history of the United States. IRAs, 401ks and pension plans, not to mention the saving accounts of thousands upon thousands have felt the awful truth that the harvest of greed is now reaping upon our nation. You have felt the pain, just as my wife Melodee and I have. As once-secure money now evaporates, even many church’s financial pictures are threatened.

As pundits and people scratch their heads and ask questions about the future, many have failed to ask questions of the past. Solving the problem is as important as dealing with the symptoms of a crisis. Jesus addresses such an issue when he says …

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24 (NKJ)

We become like Jesus when …

¨ We choose to make our money serve God’s mission!

Our final destination should have incredible pull over our present habits. When we choose to make our money serve His mission, we choose to follow the warnings and directives of the Sacred Writ instead of the compulsions of our culture.

Change is in order when we follow Jesus. That change works into the very heart of our lifestyles. When we serve God, we choose to make money our slave, not vice-versa. We have incredible hope in God, for we understand David’s testimony to be our own …

“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” Psalms 37:25 (NKJ)

Today, as you watch the news reports, ask yourself this simple question: “Who am I serving?” If you are serving the King of kings and Lord of lords above all others – including the pursuit of money – you have nothing to fear!

© 2008 By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith

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