November 2, 2015

Truths That Transform: Freedom vs. Enslavement

“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.” (Matthew 6:24). Jesus’ familiar words reveal the battle between God and money for our allegiance. Bob Dylan said that we have to serve somebody. So how does serving money compare to serving God?

Serving money brings with it all sorts of enslavement:

  • Enslavement to greed and the need to hoard more and more money;
  • Enslavement to materialism, moving us to acquire more and more things or to live a lifestyle beyond our means; (and resulting enslavement to debt);
  • Enslavement to the pull of culture and the expectations of others;
  • Dependence on money as our source of security and resulting worry about the economy, financial markets, etc.

God does not intend for His people to live in slavery. Serving money leads in that direction, but serving God leads to freedom. This is because God – unlike money – is a Master we can trust. In fact, immediately after contrasting serving God with serving money, Jesus goes on to point out that serving God frees us from worry about material things, because we can trust God to provide for our needs (Matthew 6:25-33).

The culture tells us that money – whether accumulating it or spending it – brings happiness. And yet money can actually have exactly the opposite effect, forming a barrier between people and God. When challenged to part with his possessions and follow Jesus, the rich young man “went away sad, because he had great wealth” (Matthew 19:22). Wealth formed a barrier between this man and Jesus – a barrier that he was not willing to overcome, though it saddened him.

God longs for us to be free to follow him, free from worry, and free from the pull of the culture. Experiencing this freedom requires intentionality in the way we handle the resources God has provided for us – intentionality in our earning, giving, saving, spending, and debt retirement. The culture pulls us toward enslavement, but God beckons us to freedom. May it be true of us that “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Good Sense Movement Team
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