John D. Rockefeller was the richest person in all of history, and the world’s first billionaire! He was a business genius and a hard worker who made most of his money in the oil industry. At one point, he was making so much money so quickly that someone thought it would be a good idea to ask him, “How much is enough?” Rockefeller responded, “Just one more dollar!” Rockefeller did some great things with his money for himself and for others. But there is something about money that builds such a discontentment inside most of us. Even the wealthiest man in history wasn’t content with what he had. He wanted more. There is this insatiable desire that rears it’s head when we start talking about money. I don’t know many people who say they are happy with the amount they currently have. Maybe I am just around the wrong people, but I would say that most people would say they wish they had more money.
The world seems to run on money, and for most of us, money is the deciding factor in why we do what we do. We value financial advice and wisdom. We recognize that making the wise decision financially is the responsible thing to do. We definitely shouldn’t be dumb with our money, but we should also recognize the purpose of money and not give it too much weight. It is a resource and a tool, but not a god. Money makes a terrible god. A god that never totally satisfies you. A god that will own you quicker than anything in this life. Money can be your master and you not even know it. Jesus said it this way:
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24
Do you love money or do you love God? You can’t love both. Why do you do what you? Really, think about it. Way deep down. Do you do the things you do just to make another dollar or do you do it because God wants you to do it? Put everything aside. Do you live for God or money? It’s so hard to see because everything in this world tells us to live for money. Stop comparing yourself to other people and ask yourself, “Do I do this for money or for God?” Put down the mask of responsibility and really search your heart today. How much money you have given away this year is a good indicator. Put a percentage to it. Who or what is your God?