WHAT RULES YOUR LIFE?
After World War II, Japan was a devastated country. Many of her buildings and people had been obliterated by atomic bombs. She was a pile of rubble. After the war, the United States and other nations helped Japan to rebuild. Computer experts, agricultural specialists, scientists, teachers, and business people went to help the Japanese reconstruct their country. They set up manufacturing plants and demanded that the people work for much less than workers in the United States were paid. Because they were so devastated, the Japanese agreed. Today Japan is a power to be reckoned with. Her might is based on economic, not military strength. Her weapon is money.
No matter how economists and politicians dissect things, the power in our society can be reduced to two basic elements: God and money. They are the major forces in our world. Jesus warned that we would serve one or the other:
No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and money (Matthew 6:24).
Which one you serve has a significant impact on the release of your potential, because the basic power in your life determines what motivates you. If money motivates you, greed will control your actions. If God empowers you, His purposes for your life will control you. The Scriptures promise that God will meet the needs of those who give their first allegiance to Him:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:25-26,32-33).
My son, do not forget My teachings, but keep My commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life and bring you prosperity (Proverbs 3:1-2). The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry… (Proverbs 10:3a). They also warn that allegiance to money brings trouble and financial bankruptcy: Ill-gotten treasures are of no value… (Proverbs 10:2).
The greedy man brings trouble to his family… (Proverbs 15:27).
Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous. A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:21-22).
This is true because the love of money promotes corrupt morals and perverted values. The need to accumulate more and more material wealth overshadows God’s concerns of truth and honesty until deception and dishonesty determine what you do and how you do it.
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