“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mathew 6:21).

Money and things of the world are indeed necessary to live in the world. There is no doubt in saying that it is essential to work hard to earn money. Even in the Garden of Eden, God had some work for Adam to do. He was asked to cultivate and guard the land. God never gives anything to lazy people.

But some people crazily roam about in search of money. People generally say that money can pounce down to the hade and there is no end to it. Some people make use of all the shortcuts which are available to earn money. They bribe and secure a seat for education. They spend money and get the justice subverted. For this, they even go to the extent of buying judges with money. Jesus told that you cannot serve both God and mammon. In the original version of the Scripture, “Prosperous God” is the meaning for the word ‘mammon.’

Today, some of the Christians also have stopped speaking about Christ, Cross or the eternal life and have resorted to the ‘ministry of prosperity.’ If you proceed in the ways of God, He will open the windows of the heaven and pour out the blessing in such a way that there will not be enough room to receive it.

Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you” (Mathew 6:33). When God gives you prosperity, it will be healthy, blessed and one which will yield well. He will never add sorrow to it.

But people who earn money in shortcuts illegally will never be with peace. Incurable diseases and problems will arrive on them. They will not be able to enjoy the money though they had earned it toiling day and night. Some people are stingy and they will never come forward to help others. They will try to save for future generations. An old Tamil proverb says that the wicked will acquire the wealth of those who never give to others. So, always give to God; to the ministries; to the relatives and neighbors who are in need.

The Scripture says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so” (Proverbs 3:27). God is the one to give strength and health in the body and enthusiasm in the mind to earn money. So, He rejoices when you gratefully give Him once you receive your monthly earnings. He will graciously give you more wealth. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

To meditate: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Timothy 6:10).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai