“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.”
There is a great song called “Bittersweet Symphony.” It’s one of those songs that every musician wishes he wrote. And there’s this line that drives the chorus: “‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life. Try to make ends meet. You’re a slave to money, then you die.”
People feel that way. However, as believers, we don’t have to feel that way; we don’t have to be stuck in the money trap.
Are you ready for this? There are over twenty-two hundred references in the Bible that discuss money and possessions. That’s three times as many references to money than to love. That’s seven times as many references to money than to prayer. That’s eight times as many references to money than to belief. Money comprises fifteen percent of the Bible. One fifth of Jesus’ teachings were on money and possessions. Seventeen of thirty-eight parables deal with money and possessions. Jesus talked more about money than any other single topic besides the kingdom of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for all your instruction on how to have a healthy and productive relationship with money. Amen.
Reflection: How do you view money? With thankfulness? Generosity? Fear?