Master Your Money

Master Your Money

 

I read recently that the U. S. stock market is always turbulent in September. Regardless of what is going on in the world, investors always encounter dips and bumps which make big investors crazy. So really you can plan on it being crazy. Isn't that weird? The Bible has two major warnings about money:

 

  1. Don't let money be your master.

  2. Don't let money be your master.

 

Proverbs is God's Little Life Instruction Book about practical matters of day-to-day living—how people think and operate and how we can either honor God and work hard and save for the future or live for ourselves and squander the future.

 

Proverbs 22:7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

 

Does God want his people to be slaves? No. The basic idea is we need to take care of our finances by staying out of debt. Basic life care. Being in debt is a great way for money to be your master.

 

But there's another side to it. Jesus adds a very important addendum to this principle:

 

Luke 16:13  "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

 

This includes people in debt whose lives are made miserable by the circumstances surrounding their situation. But the gospels are really focusing on the people on the OTHER side of the equation: financially stable individuals who focus on their stuff. Wealth can become a god.

 

If we don't take care of our finances we can easily fall into debt, and money will try to master us. That's bad.

 

And if we get out of debt and save for the future and invest and maybe invest a little more, and keep on investing, and wow, we can make a huge stinking pile of money! Then money will try to master us. And that's also bad.

 

It's September, and if your month has been like mine, then you know that it's not just the Wall Street players that are experiencing turbulence. If you're in debt, form a plan to knock it out. Visit daveramsey.com, listen to his show, and find some ideas of where to start. And while you're getting out of debt, serve Jesus. And if money is great and more and more of your time is spent thinking about it or the stuff you own that reflects it, keep tithing and ask God for some more personal ways you can give your money AND time to serve Jesus. God wants you to be free from money, and he wants you to be free from money. Do these things, and money won't be your master.