August 15 – Perseverance – With finances

Read Matthew 6:21

“No one can serve two masters…”

The 2022 movie ELVIS is a true story of greed. It is about a young man about 20 years old who had a great deal of musical talent. Many Americans embraced his music. His 1956 national TV appearance made him a star and he started to make large amounts of money. His parents were unable to mentor him and he had no one to guide him. He had some Christian church background but no knowledge of managing money. A greedy agent appeared named Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks) and talked Elvis into managing his money. He took practically all of Elvis’ fortune without Elvis even knowing it. Presley died in 1977 broke and drug addicted. He did not have a trusted mentor, direction or a way to manage his fortune. Many people said his music was great. But his story is sad, tragic and could have been avoided if he was able to manage money better. His manager’s love of money and his greed superseded his love of Elvis.

Jesus Christ and the apostles taught about the proper attitude toward the use of money.

Many verses tell us to avoid greed, which is an excessive desire to acquire more than what one needs.

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” 

Matthew 6:21

How can we keep money in perspective without being a “lover of money.”? While work ethic is vital in our lives, how do we avoid greed? How do we balance these? It requires awareness and accountability.

The goal is to not have a shred of dishonesty in ANY part of your life, including the handling of our money.

Having a mentor to keep you accountable or being a mentor can really help!

In describing a church leader, 1 Timothy 3:3 puts greed (money-hungry) in the same category as drunkenness, violence, and being quarrelsome.

“…not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.”

1 Timothy 3:3

Billy Graham made this statement a few years ago: “Money and success can never satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts, no matter who we are. God made us for Himself, and when we leave Him out of our lives, an emptiness is left in our hearts that cannot be filled—except by Christ.”    

“Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

Luke 12:15

In the United States, we are constantly tempted to trust in money and ourselves rather than Christ. Proverbs assures us that trusting in wealth will cause us to fall but trusting in God, or being righteous, will make us “thrive like a green leaf.”

“Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”

Proverbs 11:28

Let’s avoid greed in our lives.

What do you treasure?

Tom Weckesser

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