Making God your Source (2)
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. - Matthew 6:31-34
God is not saying that you should not plan. Do not get worried about your future. Do not be in haste, do not abandon God. Do not make God your number two. Do not be too greedy about your future. You should have regard for what God is saying to you; do not be covetous. When Jesus was teaching about the unjust servant, the Pharisees that were there laughed at him, thinking that Jesus did not know what he was saying. But Jesus was talking about making God their priority. When you seek God, other things will look for you. Leave the people that think you do not have anything now. Get settled with those that have value for God. Today, people give to every other cause apart from God. They do not love God the way they think they do. God does not respect men; He respects principles. He is a just God.
You cannot serve God and money. The Pharisees wanted to serve the two. Money is a tool in your hand, it is your servant, but you cannot be its servant. You have been made in the image of God; it is an insult for you to be a servant of money or anything in your life. The Pharisees derided Jesus, the maker of wealth, the maker of destiny, the one that made everything, who left all the gold and mansions in heaven to come to the world. He lived in ordinary building with a woman who had nothing to give than the least of the offerings. She could only present a dove for sacrifice in the day of child dedication.
You can have money without the love of money; I have seen people who are poor who love money. Today, people are paid more for working on Sunday morning and there are people who for one year do not step the church because of the double pay. The Babylonian system is enticing people from their free time with God to hear the word so that they can make more money. This shows that they love money. You can love money being poor and you can love money being rich. It is your heart condition that matters, that is why we must guard our heart and not allow things to pollute it. The Pharisees scoffed at Jesus, the owner of wealth. They dismissed Jesus as being hopelessly out of touch.
Do not get afraid that the more you love God, the more you will be poor, this is not so. Many times, people are hopelessly unfaithful. A lot of people are covetous despite the fact that they are being fed by the word of God. They do not tithe their money, yet they claim to be a faithful Christian. They are covetous and love money therefore they hold to it as if it is their life. This comes from a culture of wrong believing that If I give out, it will decrease wondering who can give to them. This is doubt and unbelief, God is calling us to sit down. Do not join the Pharisees who are too far to see, hypocrites and religious leaders of the day who had garments of honour, yet their hearts were far away from God.
Prayer: The curses of the adversary are falling all the time like rain, but because I stay under the protection of God’s word O Lord, I believe that the rain of adversity will not fall on me in Jesus Name. I am blessed alongside Abraham and so God is establishing his covenant through me.
Further Reading: Matthew 16:10-13; James 4:13-17
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Job 16:1-19:29; 1 Corinthians 16:1-24; Psalm 40:1-10; Proverbs 22:1