As a teenager, I always held a job. My parents stressed the importance of responsibility and independence, and I am truly grateful for their wisdom and guidance. As a result, I occupied a full-time job, while maintaining my studies, until I graduated college. As a young woman navigating my way through the world, I often found myself wanting to spend my hard-earned money on fashion, especially shoes. In fact, there were times I opted to buy a new pair of shoes instead of doing something fiscally-responsible with my money.
Do not allow money to hold such power in your life, so much so that it competes with God for your attention, dedication and love.
My mom used to say, “Laci, you can’t pay your bills with shoes. You need to prioritize.” My mom had a wonderfully kind and wise way of guiding me during my early adult years without commanding or demanding. Nevertheless, I was making more and more choices providing me with less money and more shoes, continually making poor financial decisions; I was feeding my financial disobedience with possessions.
No longer was I using money as a tool to accomplish financial goals. Instead, money was seemingly becoming my master. Ultimately, I was doing more than squandering my money on fashion. On a grander scale, I was not following God’s direction.
We live in a world where luxury is at our fingertips. From the accessibility of online shopping to the barrage of outdoor and indoor malls to the ramped ads on social media for every product under the sun, you name it and you can find it in this world and buy it. There is quite a bit of temptation regarding how you can allow money to dictate your decisions.
I was doing more than squandering my money on fashion. On a grander scale, I was not following God’s direction.
Truth be told, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to buy shoes. Perhaps your thing is books or maybe you love to travel. Whatever your affinity may be, Jesus wants you to have money. Jesus did not say you could not or should not earn money while serving God. Jesus said you cannot serve God and money. There is a distinct difference: “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).
There will be times when the most satisfying decision is not aligned with God’s direction. In those instances, you must ask yourself—who or what am I serving? If the answer is not Christ, you must make a decision whether to allow money to dictate your path or reroute your life and walk with God. The problem is not the fact that you have money to spend. No, not at all! The issue is allowing money to control you. You cannot be a follower of Christ while allowing money to dictate your actions and thoughts. One must take precedence.
The love of money enslaves people to the harsh world and demands of materialism, moving people away from spiritual growth and their love for God. Do not allow money to hold such power in your life, so much so that it competes with God for your attention, dedication and love. As a Christian, your focus should be God-centered, loyal to His Word and faithful to His Will. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21)