How Much Money is Enough?

Francis Bacon coined the phrase, “Money is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.”

There is nothing evil about money. Money is not the root of all evil. It is the love of money, greed, that is the root of all evil. But so often, money becomes our master. It controls us and it brings out the worst in us.
Money is right up there with oxygen when it comes to the necessities of life. But we must make sure we manage it right. Did you know Jesus talked about money more than any other subject, even more than Heaven or Hell? He knew how important this subject is to our lives.

Here are five principles for making money your servant and not allowing it to be your master.

  1. Be honest in how you make money. In Matthew 23:14, Jesus rebuked the Scribes and Pharisees for using legal means to take the property of widows and profit off them. Jesus taught his disciples to “do unto others as you would have them do to you. If you don’t like people ripping you off, you should not rip them off. Can you lay your head down and night and know you have made an honest living?
  2. Be content and don’t try to keep up with everyone else. You will never be satisfied no matter how much you get. It will always leave you wanting more. Your yearning power will always be greater than your earning power.My high school economics teacher used to say almost daily, “If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.” Be careful about getting into debt to keep up with everyone else. Dave Ramsey says, “Too often, we spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t even like.” Just be content and don’t try to keep up with everyone else.
  3. Value what money can’t buy. Money can buy a house but not a home, a bed but not sleep, an education but not wisdom, food but not an appetite, medicine but not health, friends but not love, amusement but not happiness, religion but not salvation. It can buy you a home anywhere but heaven.Are you saved? Do you have a happy marriage? Good relationships? Health? Peace of mind? If you have these things, you are rich! Money cannot buy these things! Thank God for all that you have that money cannot buy.
  4. Invest your money in eternity by giving. We can’t take money with us when we die. 1 Timothy 6:7 says, “For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” Alexander the Great, at his funeral, asked that his hands be put up in the air and opened up so everyone could see he was taking nothing with him, even though he conquered the known world. We can’t take any of it with us when we die, so, invest it in the kingdom of God by giving.Jesus said “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21. The more you give to the Lord, the more your heart will be in Heaven. It is worship when we give a portion of our income back to the Lord. We are honoring him. God promises to provide our needs if we put Him first in our finances. In many cases, he blesses us far beyond our needs.
  5. Enjoy what you have and don’t worry about what you don’t have. Some people are so busy trying to make more that they don’t have time to enjoy what they already have.One of these days, money will have no value. When Jesus comes back for us, we will go to Heaven. We will walk on streets of gold. Are you prepared for eternity? Money can’t buy you a home in heaven. You have to trust Jesus as your Savior.

Jesus told the story of the farmer who was rich and Jesus called him a fool, not because he was rich, but because he did not prepare for eternity. His barns were too small for all his stuff so he tore them down and built bigger ones, but he did not know that he would die that night. He made no preparation for eternity. What about you? Have you been saved? If not, your money will do you no good on judgment day.

If you are saved, be a good steward of what God has given you. Work hard and honestly for it. Give it back to the Lord. Enjoy it but don’t live for it. Invest as much as you can in eternity. Let money be your servant, not your master.

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