Day 15

No one can serve two masters. 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. Matthew 6:24

Let’s go back to the prayer from yesterday: Jesus, simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person. This should apply to our whole person; our entire existence; our rising up and our sitting down; our work lives; our relationships; our home life; our thought life; our choices; and our money. Yes, money. Money is a pretty huge part of our lives. In this pandemic crisis, some of us have been laid off - some indefinitely. It’s a great time to evaluate our approach to money. Making money isn’t a sin; loving it, idolizing it, obsessing over it, serving it is. It doesn’t matter where you find yourself economically, money can become your master. Those of us who do not have a lot of money often shrug off Bible verses about money because we feel they are for the greedy rich; however, the principles about money are applicable no matter where we are in life. Sometimes, we are most obsessed and fretful over money when we don’t have much of it. In our desperation to have the stuff shoved in our faces through advertising and the stores we pass on every corner, we make poor choices spending money we do not have, complicating and stressing our lives even more. Especially in the area of money, we should ask Jesus to simplify our lives by learning how He wants us to approach it and having the discipline to apply the godly approach. This will look different for each of us. The single mom’s choices and approaches may look different from the upper middle class family’s choices. Take a good look at the Scripture for this day’s focus. It is powerful and impossible to ignore. Are your priorities confused? Ask God to direct your thoughts and give you the righteous gumption to obey His voice.

Pray Psalm 62:5-12:

My soul, wait silently for God alone,

For my expectation is from Him.

He only is my rock and my salvation;

He is my defense;

I shall not be moved.

In God is my salvation and my glory;

The rock of my strength,

And my refuge is in God.

Trust in Him at all times, you people;

Pour out your heart before Him;

God is a refuge for us.

Surely men of low degree are a vapor,

Men of high degree are a lie;

If they are weighed on the scales,

They are altogether lighter than vapor.

Do not trust in oppression,

Nor vainly hope in robbery;

If riches increase,

Do not set your heart on them.

God has spoken once,

Twice I have heard this:

That power belongs to God.

Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy;

For You render to each one according to his work.

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