Jesus spent a great deal of time dealing with the issue of money. This may surprise many of you, but this is the case. We would do well to be reminded that Jesus spoke on money as well as the topic of hell more than any other subject. Are these subjects related at all? Why did Jesus spend so much time on this area of money?
While we will come to Mark in a moment, he spoke in what’s known as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Later, he drives home the point:
“No one can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.” (Matthew 6:19-21, 24).
God gives us what he gives us in regards to His resources, not for us to serve them, but for them to serve the Kingdom of God and to supply our needs according to His riches and glory in Christ. He calls us to invest.
The question that needs addressing is this: In which kingdom are you investing? A number of years ago, someone wrote:
Money will buy:
A bed, but not sleep.
Books, but not brains.
Food, but not an appetite.
A house, but not a home.
Medicine, but not health.
Amusement, but not happiness.
Finery, but not beauty.
A crucifix, but not a Savior.
Someone else noted that nowadays people can be divided into three classes: the haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-Not-Paid-for-What-They-Haves. Some of you here are enslaved to crippling debt. The average American household’s credit card debt averages between $15,000 and 16,000. You think that isn’t a huge weight? No wonder Jesus says you can’t serve both God and stuff. Where is our treasure?