In the Bible, money and riches are repeatedly listed as a barrier to genuine faith.
In Luke 16:13, Jesus spells it out for us: “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.”
As you read those words, perhaps you are thinking to yourself, ‘No problem there. Money is a thing and we don’t serve things.’
Or do we?
When Jesus uses words like ‘love’ and ‘devotion’ he seems to be bringing our attention to the fact that money and things can rival God in our loyalties.
In a sermon from about 1500 years ago, Gregory the Great shared a wise word: “The only real riches are those that make us rich in virtues.”
That’s why we need to take a step back, think about how we use our time, energy and resources, and ask whether our priorities reflect the values of Almighty God, or the value of the mighty dollar.
“The only real riches are those that make us rich in virtues.”
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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.