x525.....Jesus Teaching on money--and ministry
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
(Matthew 6:24-34, KJV).
Jesus tells us that we cannot serve 2 masters--we cannot serve God and money.
Question: Does the system of the church which we operate by, automatically bring in the concept of serving money--with our emphasis on tithing--and giving to the leadership--and building buildings for our own comfort?
If we read these verses, we can see that Jesus is telling us in simple terms to be satisfied with what we have. He is telling us a powerful Godly biblical principle--and it is the opposite system by which the world operates. The world operates strongly but consuming--consuming was the first sin temptation which the devil gave to Adam and Eve (go ahead and eat the fruit--right!!?) Jesus idea here is to be satisfied with what we have--something which is the power of God to overcome the greed and lust and spirit of consumption which our world operates by.
We are inundated with commercials--advertisements--all with the purpose of luring us to want things of the world. Our entire economy is said to operate by this " law of consumption". "consumer economics" is the catch word of the day. This is once again the order of the "Gentile kingdoms"--the order of man's authority--instead of God's provision.
Jesus is telling us that if we can be satisfied in God with what we have--and use it to serve Him--to minister to His purposes....
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because
he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he
hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
them that are bruised,
(Luke 4:18, KJV).
Spread the Gospel--feed the poor--pray for the sick and the oppressed--and freely release others to do so (set at liberty)--these are the purposes of Christ--and directly those of the church in the Bible. Jesus is telling us that we ought to take what we have, and serve Him--serve His puroses.
The system of man's authority in the church operates in opposition to this principle. We set up man's kingdom instead of Gods--we serve mammon to a large degree--since we have taken on the Roman building plan of the church instead of the apostolic network which the Bible demonstrates to us.
The church in the bible realized they did not need to build temple--they WERE the temple. Their homes were now the house of God--and anywhere that 2 or 3 were gathered--Christ was in the midst--this was the operational apostolic plan for the church. They realize this operational plan gave them total freedom in their money. God was not asking them to stop in a holy spot--and build a sanctuary--to make continual tithe offering for sin--all this done away with from the old covenant--(they were now rich and free!)--and they used what they had to support the poor within the church--so that every member of the body could serve God fully.
To build up and support every member of the church, so that ALL can serve God---Can anyone argue that this ought be our goal--?