Water is essential for our survival. When you consume too little water you get dehydrated. On the other hand, if you drink enormous amounts of water in a short period of time, you will be overhydrated which can lead to dangerously low levels of sodium in the blood, causing a condition called hyponatremia. Overhydration can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, muscular spasms, seizures, coma and even death.
Even though water is necessary for your survival and is good for you, too much of it could kill you. The general recommendation is to consume eight glasses of water a day, some may require a little more, others a little less, depending on your body and lifestyle. Money is somewhat like water, it is necessary for our survival, but when we get greedy for more, it can ruin our lives.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:10 NIV). Money, by itself, is neither good nor evil, but the love of money is definitely evil. It has a tendency to divert you away from the true faith in Jesus Christ.
If you love God the most, you will follow Him, but if you love money, then it will lead your life. “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 NIV).” Have you ever tried walking on two different paths at the same time? It’s not possible. God and money lead into different pathways and you cannot choose both.
Jesus, during His ministry, spoke a lot about money, because it’s one of the greatest temptation to man and a topic mostly misunderstood by many. Many are deceived and blinded because of their love for money. The poor desire to get wealthy because they believe it will provide their every need. The rich desire to get wealthier because they know the power and influence it holds.
On the other hand, there are those who are deceived into believing that wealth is evil and poverty a blessing. Many people misunderstand the beatitude in Matthew 5:3 (NIV), “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. God’s blessing is upon those who are poor in spirit, not poor financially. Spiritual poverty is to walk in humility and obedience to God, serving Him and worshiping Him alone. It is to empty oneself and let God increase in your life while you decrease. The blessing received by those that are spiritually poor is the kingdom of heaven.
Poverty is not a blessing, it is a curse. When God blesses his people, amongst all the good things, He also blesses them with wealth. It is not God’s will that his people suffer want. God loves us and cares for us and provides for our every need. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favour and honour. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalms 84:11 ESV).
When you love and serve God, He will bless you with many blessings, including wealth. Money is to be our servant and not our master. Many Christians are aware of the spiritual principles of prosperity. They know that God alone is the source of all blessings. Here’s one of the great hidden deceptions amongst Christians today; some come to love God because they know He can bless them with prosperity. Do you really love God or are you doing the right things for the wrong reason, which is to get more wealth?
Whatever you seek in life, you will find it, whether it is God or money. Here’s what you need to know, money is perishable, it is here today and gone tomorrow. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8 NIV). Money is a short term currency, you can only use it while you are alive and when you die, you cannot take it with you.
The only operating system in heaven is agape (God’s love). Money cannot buy salvation, the love and greed for money will only lead you away from the true faith in Jesus Christ. God knows our every motive and He judges us accordingly, He desires true faithfulness. “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3 NIV). The god of this world is money and we are not to serve it.