A wise man once said, "It isn't a problem if you have money, the problem comes when your money has you." But how do we know whether we are leaning too much on the security of our money? How do we know when we have wrapped up too much of our own self worth in the balance of our bank accounts?
At this point, the bulk of those reading this post are saying, "Not a problem. I don't have any money!"
Whether an individual has one dollar in the bank or one hundred thousand the question is still relevant. "What hold does your money have on you?"
Jesus put this same question to the rich young ruler in Luke 18. Jesus told him to "...sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me." The thing Jesus was getting at with this fellow was that his view of his wealth was keeping him from trusting in Jesus for salvation. The broader application for us is that unless we are willing to worship Jesus instead of our money we really aren't following Jesus.
One of the reasons God gives us money is to test our love for Him. If at any time in our life we aren't willing to give up all of our material possessions and money to follow Him (if He asks) then our money is in control not our Saviour. We need money to live, but we must remember that life is not in money.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.