Kingdom, Matthew 6, Money

Kingdom Economics P1.

Often we misquote the Bible and talk of “Money is the root of all evil” where as in reality the “love of money is the root of all evil”, in other words it isn’t money itself that is evil but our attitude towards it, and this attitude s not really effected by how much of it we have:

Jesus commends the widow who gave all she had, even though it wasn’t actually a lot of money… yet isn’t impressed by the wealthy flashing the cash, making grand –but empty gestures- giving what looked generous but wasn’t
Jesus said “where your treasurer is there your heart is also”… he also makes it clear “no one can serve two masters, either he will love one an hate the other, you CANNOT serve God and Money”… Actually Jesus said “You cannot serve God and Mammon” -Mammon a Pig God. Pigs are insatiably, they are never satisfied, they always want more and more and more… The Billionaire Donald Trump was asked “how much is enough?” and he answered “just a little bit more!” Money makes a terrible God and yet it has often been  said that the last thing to get converted is a persons wallet, but I’d say that the wallet is often the first thing to be grasped back when backsliding away from God.
John Wesley knew its danger when he wrote: “Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart” John Wesley and Bishop Mike reminded Synod that “Money must serve but not rule”, yet sadly too often money
I remember not long after coming back to God I remember being challenged by a talk where the question was “would my bank manager know I was a Christian by the way I spend my money”, my mentor Jeremy Andrew said “Our bank statements are theological documents”… “They show what we really value and invest in” -although he was  talking about the Church, it works to for our own hearts.
Jesus said:”where our treasurers are there our heart is also”, often what we spend our money, time and effort on will show what we really and truly value in life.
Why do we highlight in our Bibles the passage where Jesus tells Nicodemus that “we must be born again” but leave unhighlighted when Jesus tells the rich young ruler to “go sell all he owns and give the money to the poor”?
I’ll close todays blog with some great (and challenging) words from Jesus (sort of)  about money…
Matthew 6…

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.