God v. Money

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I was very moved by an item I saw on The One Show a week or so ago. It was about a wealthy businessman, Brian Burnie, who sold off his £16 million mansion and auctioned his belongings in order to fund a cancer charity. The charity is called Daft as a Brush, and its aim is to help transport cancer patients to their hospital appointments. Speaking of his former home, he has said:  “We acquired the lifestyle in Doxford Hall, we lived very well, but nothing gave me as much pleasure as giving it all away.”
 
Jesus said: 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.’ (Luke 16:13)
 
The love of money and wealth can very easily displace the love of God in our hearts. We cannot serve two masters. The generous love of God must come first in our lives.  John Wesley said,  “Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can.”  There is nothing wrong in being entrepreneurial and making money. But we must understand that whatever wealth we have is a gift from God. God wants us to be good stewards of what we have been given.  Above all, Jesus wants his followers to be generous:
 
Generous with our forgiveness.
Generous in our judgments
Generous with our friendship.
Generous with our time.
Generous with our hospitality.
Generous with our wealth.
 
God bless,
 
Rev. James