Time, Money and God

Duane Vander Klok

“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

All Disciples are called to give. God is not just after a few hours, a few dollars, or a few prayers. He is after all of you! Giving has two results: it grows and stretches our faith and trust in Him, and it is a physical act of obedience and alignment to Him. When we give to the Lord, it disconnects us from a spirit of greed that is continually reaching for our attention.

So often, when God calls us to give something, money, time, etc., our hearts and minds begin to race. The Enemy sneaks into our thoughts, and we begin an internal battle. No matter what or how much it is, we think, “I could be doing something else, I don’t have enough time already!” “That money could be used for gas to get to work!” or “That’s enough money to buy groceries for a week!”

The good news is this: God isn’t oblivious to our needs. Jesus addressed this internal battle in Matthew 6, saying “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 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. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” When we put our trust in Him, and faithfully give and sow into His Kingdom, He not only provides for our needs, but our faith grows as a disciple.

This week, let’s ask God what He is calling us to give and faithfully follow His call. Whether it is time, tithe, or something else altogether, let’s begin the journey of being Christians to Disciples.