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The Money Test

the-money-testBy itself money has no power. Money is an inanimate object and is neither good nor evil. But our relationship (our desire and affections) toward money determines its hold and power on us. Often our desires and affections for money are so strong that we yield ourselves to it and before we know it, money becomes our lord and we its slave. Desire for God is the key to breaking the power of money in our lives.

Because we are prone to let money rule over us, God uses the “money test” to determine where our hearts are with respect to him (and others). When John the Baptist appeared on the scene urging people to turn their hearts back to God, he explained to them that a heart in submission to God would produce “good fruit” in their lives (Luke 3:8). But good fruit in one’s life comes only as a result of a right relationship with God, and not the other way around. We don’t come into right relationship with God by producing good fruit. In fact, apart from a relationship with him it’s not possible to produce good fruit (John 15:5).

A variety of people asked John the Baptist what this good fruit would look like in their lives. They asked, “What should we do?” To the crowd he responded that they should share food and clothing generously with those who had none. He told the tax collectors to put away greed and dishonesty. And he told soldiers not to misuse their power by extorting money from others but to be content with their pay. In each situation, John challenged them to align their lives with God by changing the way they viewed money. The “money test” in our lives reveals our true relationship with God.

As you reflect on the above passages and truths, what personal choices do you need to make to align your life with God’s character and promises, making him your desire? If you were to ask John the Baptist, “What should I do?” how would he respond to you in terms of your hold on money or material things?

 

Written by Rob Fischer
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