Determine how you want to liveBy Randell Tiongson on February 24th, 2022
Someone has once said that money is a good slave but a bad master. Money has a tendency of making people dependent on it, and make them forget that the ultimate source is God. There are people that look at money as their god, and when they don’t have it, they feel exposed. The only thing God said that it can compete with him in terms of worship is money.Money should be looked at as a resource, not a source. It should not be looked at as something to depend on, but something we can use to achieve an end.
When it becomes an end in itself it causes a lot of havoc. Many people have done atrocious things due to their obsession with money. Instead of looking at money as a means to an end. They have looked at money as the end and in doing so, money has made them do things that are evil. If you don’t want money to be your master, determine how you want to live. Use money as your servant to help you achieve the goal of how you want to live. This will protect you from covetousness. You will not look at other people’s things and covet them. You will also not be wooed into chasing money for money’s sake. Because you have determined how you want to live, money to you will be a tool and not an end in itself. You need to determine your own lifestyle and use the money to facilitate that so that if there is anyone having more it won’t bother you because you have already set how you want to live.
When you set your lifestyle target, now determine how much money will make that happen. When you get money, or when you pursue money, it will not be for money’s sake but for what you want it to do for you. Other people have also pursued money because they want to help others. That is noble because then money becomes a tool to do good.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”?? –Matthew? ?6:24? ?ESV