"No one can serve two masters," begins Matthew 6:24-33. "Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
"How many guns do you own?" I asked the men in our church Sunday,
"How many of you own more than one 12-gauge shotgun?" I then asked.
But the real question is, "Do we really need more than one of the same type of shotgun?"
We humans sure do like "stuff." How many know that God has one chief competitor for man's devotion? Most would think it was the devil, but I doubt many, if any, sit at the breakfast table and say, "I just can't make up my mind if I am going to worship God today or worship the devil."
Many people, however, do place God in the back seat when it comes to their stuff.
It has been said that the real definition of greed is "the assumption that it is "all for my consumption." If folks are fueled by greed, then they live as if there is no God.
Whomever or whatever owns the checkbook owns the devotion.
Here is why God teaches to tithe or to give. When people give first, they are saying they are not owned by their stuff.
I will admit I like my stuff, but I sure would hate to think it owned me. Giving back to God what he has blessed me with brings a much longer lasting joy than my stuff. When I give, I open the door for God to be the master of my life and not my possessions. Here's why that is important.
I have never, in all my life, ever seen a U-Haul pulled behind a hearse. When people are gone from this life it won't be their stuff that they take with them. They will, however, take with them what they have done for others and the kingdom of God.
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