“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Reference: Matthew 6:24 )
Prosperous. When someone is said to be wealthy that means they have been prosperous; I suppose that would exclude those who received wealth from family or friends or other means. But most of the time if someone is wealthy, they are prosperous. And most people have “worked” for their wealth. That means they have taken steps and measures that that activities have resulted in financial rewards. This can take in, beloved, farmers as well as financiers. That is to say, work with one’s hands can bring the same exponential reward as work with one’s brain. Historic Anabaptists who evolved into more modern Mennonites used their strong work ethic to make them fairly affluent. And it bothered . . . some . . . who saw it as a conflict with passages such as these. A common explanation was that God “blessed them” with monetary wealthy and resources. And who would turn aside God’s blessings? So a wealthy person was seen as being “blessed by God” and NOT as serving two masters.
I am going to leave you, beloved, to ponder on that a move along in my planned comments. My youngest son was driving with me and a local Christian radio station was on. In-between the songs of loving Jesus, loving humanity and all the morally uplifting stuff was an ad for a Christian invest firm. My son commented that he did not think Christians were supposed to try to get wealthy or be concerned about wealth. I replied that if someone absolutely felt they HAD to invest in something for a positive financial concern, the least they could do is invest in positive wholesome things. That was the point of the ad – morally accountable and ethical financial investing.
I have no more to say about this today, except that I encourage you to examine your heart and life, and make sure there is only one Master. And then to find out who that master is. Selah!