Money and Faith

“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 6:24

Money, in its own way, is a faith system. The paper and metal that we have in our pockets is based on faith that others will value that paper and metal as we value them. Banks run on faith, lending out with credit, believe that others will repay the loans. Money, in all its forms, is based on faith. Without faith, its just useless paper and metal that cannot feed anyone.

In Zimbabwe in 2008, Zimbabweans woke up every day for months to see their money worth 1/2 of what it was the day before. It got to the point where shops refused to accept Zimbabwean dollars, knowing that their receipts for one day would be worth 1/2 that amount the next. They began only accepting South African Rand and USD. The faith system collapsed, and overnight their paper became just paper.

We are called to have absolute faith in God. We cannot serve money, and hold that as our source of faith. We cannot put our trust in the uncertainty of wealth. While money and God are both “faith systems” only one is really worth our faith. Only God is worth committing to full and hoping in Him. Only God can truly sustain and provide. Worship God, and serve only Him.