“You cannot serve God and wealth,” said Jesus.
It seems Jesus was talking to people who wanted it both ways. Do we want it both ways? What would it look like if we were trying to serve both God and wealth?
In the Bible, Pharaoh is maybe the ultimate servant of wealth. He had the most, but his dreams were full of anxiety about not having enough food. He wanted what others had, and he took it, seizing peasants’ land and its produce and enslaving people. This is the prelude to the Exodus, when God called Moses to confront Pharaoh and liberate the enslaved Israelites.
But guess what? The same and fear of not having enough food followed Israel into the wilderness! But in that place of risk and vulnerability was both freedom and surprising abundance. Community instead of competition. Israel discovered another way to live, trusting God’s kingdom instead of Pharaoh's empire.
In what areas of life does the fear of not having enough drive you to think and act compulsively? Your awareness is your greatest asset. What would active trust in God look like? Invite Jesus into the conversation.
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715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
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