Yesterday, as I was on a website called ‘Crosswalk.com’, I ran across an interesting article entitled, ‘Do Your Money Habits Reflect Jesus or the Pharisees?’ As Dave Ramsey teaches, money is amoral. In other words it is neither inherently good nor evil. It all depends on how we use it. Money has the power to be our god or through money we can powerfully worship our God. It says in Luke 16:13, “No servant can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.”
How do we know if we have the love of money in our heart? Perhaps one way to know is to honestly ask ourselves whether we are more excited about spending our money or giving our money. Honestly, there is an initial great feeling associated with buying something new, and, for me it doesn’t matter what it is. I could buy a new screwdriver at Home Depot (even though I may have 30 already buried in my garage), and it is kind of a rush opening it up and taking it out of the package.
So, maybe it would be good, for you and me, to do a little assesment of our heart today on where we are with regards to money. What if we find that we are honestly more excited about spending money? The answer is to not just say, ‘OK I’m just going to suck it up and grind it out and not spend any more money except absolute necessities.’ That will last about 20 minutes.
We have to acknowledge that God has built us as creatures who have strong desires. We have to redirect our desire from spending to giving. We don’t cure a love for money by simply stopping our spending, but rather, we start to cure it by getting more excited about giving. When we start giving of our time, our energy and our money to bless others and to support God’s kingdom, our love for money begins to transform into a love for God, and we get more of a rush from hearing stories about how God is using our giving to change lives than anything we could ever buy at a store.