Main reading Matthew 6:24-34
“Where we need, He will supply.”
Matthew 6:24 tells us that no one can serve two masters, either we would love one and hate the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. We cannot serve both God and money. This verse is in extension to the passage which tells us to lay our treasures in heaven. Money here can be taken in the sense of material possession. In this world we all need money but the problem with us is that we get greedy for money and forget God. We fail to understand that these material possessions are just an earthly treasure and do not understand the importance of God in our lives. If we have God with us then these material wealth will be taken care of by God.
When Jesus called the apostles He said “Take nothing, neither staff nor bag nor money.” (Luke 9:3) and the disciple’s didn’t take anything along because they believed that God is there to supply their needs. Such faith in Christ is essential for our spiritual growth.
God calls everyone who doesn’t have money (Isaiah 55:1-2) Money cannot buy the spiritual food that God has for us. Why spend money on something that is not bread? Why do we want something which is not of any use for the end? In the end our motive is to lay treasures in Heaven.
Acts 8: 18-20 tells us about Simon, who offered money to Peter to attain the spiritual gift to which Peter replied “May your silver perish because you tried to obtain the gift of God with money.” The gifts from God cannot be acquired through money that is given to us by God himself according to his plan and our willingness to carry out his plans.
In I Timothy 6: 10 Paul writes that money is the root of all evil and that through craving this, many people have wandered from their faith. If we see the example of Judas
Iscariot (Matt 26: 15) we see that he gets ready to betray Jesus for money. This craving for money led him away from his Master and separates him from the Lord’s Kingdom. Imagine what he could have done for Christ had he not been swayed by Material possessions.
In the parable of the rich young man, he asks Jesus what he has to do to get an eternal life. Jesus tells him to give away all his possessions and follow Him and that he will have treasures in heaven. It seems like a daunting task but when we think about eternal life in Christ the wealth of this earth can hardly compare. Wherever we set our heart, there we put in our whole efforts. If we put our heart in God then we need not worry about anything but if we put our heart on material wealth then we become slaves to it and NO ONE CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS.
In this world we may have treasures today and not tomorrow but if we have God by our side we will not lack anything and as per His promise He will never leave us nor forsake us(Hebrews 13:5).