In the gospel of Matthew chapter 6 we see Jesus speaking to His disciples different teachings that will help them live God-pleasing lives. In verse 24 He states that a disciple can not serve two masters, that one should not seek to be rich. Today this verse is pushed aside as prosperity preachers proclaim that God wants us to be rich and that we should strive to be rich. Although part of this is true as God does want to bless us, but at the same time He does not want us to strive to be rich.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24 NKJV).
Most Christians get a bit confused when you talk about not striving to be rich as their initial thought is, “So, I need to be poor?” Not necessarily. What Jesus is trying to point out is the fact that if we strive to be rich we then make money the primary thing in our life instead of Him. When we strive to live for Him and do the best we can by leaning upon Him and His word, we then become rich as a by product of obedience to Him.
Nothing should top God in our life, but rather we should set Him above all else and seek to please Him above all else. When we strive to live a life after God we then reap the benefits as He blesses us exceedingly. As long as we place God as number one in our life, we can not lose. Money is only a by product of living for God and not the source of our life.
“So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.'” (Luke 18:22).
Not only are we called to live a life as such, but to also have our hearts set in this position of thinking and striving as well. Just like when Jesus spoke to the rich man and told him to give all his things to the poor, He was mostly testing his heart. The rich man went away sad, not just because of all his riches, but because riches and money was his God within his heart. We must be willing within our hearts to let go of riches and cling onto God.
All in all it is just fine for Christians to be rich as long as God is number one in our life. We can utilize the blessings of the Lord by donating money to churches or those in need, providing jobs to the jobless and so on. It is all predicated upon the condition of our heart. If we love money more than God, then we reap the ultimate end of money saving us (which it does not). But if we set Jesus as our personal savior and are truly washed by His blood, transformed by the Holy Spirit, then our hearts should be filled with God and money and riches being only a by product of serving God. God first, family second and everything else can find it’s place.