I taught on Matthew 6:24-34 on Sunday and it turned into a great time of discussion for many of our college students. If you look at it in the NIV, it looks like verse 24 belongs to an earlier thought than the rest of this chunk. I think it fits better here though, because it makes the end of chapter six make so much more sense. Look at it together with verse 25…it says:
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. 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?– Matthew 6:24-25
When you read these two verses together it helps you understand that serving God leads to trusting Him for your needs and serving money leads you to worry about meeting your own needs. I don’t think Jesus is saying, “Don’t serve money because it just leads to a life of worry.” Instead He’s saying, “If worry is a major part of your life, it’s a sign that you don’t serve the Lord…you’re serving money!”
I currently have “advanced reading copies” of two different books on my desk. One, by David Platt, is called Radical, and the other, by Max Lucado, is called Out Live Your Life. It’s interesting that both of them seem to attack the American Dream and expose the lie that is contained inside it. The fact is America promises things that they cannot fulfill and things that God never promises in the first place. Our addiction to the American Dream and our desire to make something out of ourselves has led to us ignoring what God has made us to be and how He wants to provide.
In the end…I’m realizing more and more that you can’t serve both God and the American Dream. You can’t be anything you want to be…but you’ll love being who you were made to be! So…which is it going to be…who are you going to serve?