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Sermon on the Mount: Money
What did Jesus say about wealth?
Money, you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. Money is a necessary part of life. We all need money and most of us would like at least a little extra money for those special treats. But when we become so focused on money that we lose sight of what is really important that is when the troubles start.
In the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus warned against making money into a god. As part of this teaching Jesus says that people should be rich in good deeds and love. It is in such behaviour that true treasure can be found, rather than in selfish acts.
Nobody can serve two masters. If money becomes the master it can lead to bad decisions, walking over others to get to the top, taking bribes, or fighting over material possessions.
Jesus isn’t saying that to have money is wrong, just that it is important to have values like love, kindness, and freedom. Jesus is saying that a life purely spent on gaining material wealth means that one will miss out on true wealth, such as building relationships with others, fighting against injustice, and spending time with God. Jesus also goes on to talk about trusting God to provide you with what you need Matthew 6:25-34
The early Christians didn’t always get this right. In the New Testament, Paul’s letter to Timothy states:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
1 Timothy 6:10
It is clear that money isn’t a bad thing, rather it is the LOVE of money that causes problems.