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The Fuel Gauge

Luke 16:13 You cannot serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one master and love the other. Or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time.

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On a scale of zero to ten, how much do you want to be rich? I’m talking the money kind of rich here, to be clear. And again, on that same scale of zero to ten, how happy do you think you’d be, if you had the sort of wealth that your heart desired?

A friend of mine recently sent me an email with a picture of a car’s fuel gauge. Instead of having “full” at one end and “empty” at the other, it had “$90” at the full end, $0 at the other. The caption said, “It seems to make more sense this way.”

I like it. And with the price of fuel these days, why not? But it did get me thinking. So many people seem to be running on empty nowadays and the issue, more often than not, is money; wanting more of it, pushing further into debt, working longer and harder to fuel their insatiable desire for money. and the happiness and fulfilment that on the one hand it promises, but on the other continually fails to deliver.

Like every drug of addiction, our desire for money is all consuming and destructive. Jesus put it like this:

Luke 16:13 You cannot serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one master and love the other. Or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time.

And that’s the point, isn’t it? Our desire for money ultimately separates us from our desire to serve God. The one pulls us in this direction, the other in that direction, until something has to give.

But an interesting thing happens when we step off the money merry-go-round. We start enjoying life all of a sudden – and money… well, money goes back to where it belongs; being our servant, not our master.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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