“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10
Money. Men and women have lusted for it, killed for it, died for it, and gone to hell for it. Money has come between the best of friends, fractured families, and brought down the proud and mighty. And it has torn millions of marriages limb from limb! According to Larry Burkett, founder and CEO of Christian Financial Concepts, 80 percent of couples seeking divorce say the focus of their disagreements is money. During Jesus’ time on earth, He spoke more about money than any other subject. Most of His pronouncements came in the form of warnings: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21); “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26); “You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24).
If we want to love and serve God—and keep our marriages intact— we need to regularly examine our relationship with money, then ask: “Whom do we serve?”
Just between us…
Dear God, we confess that we’re so often beguiled by the allure of money and possessions. But we want You to be Lord of our money and all our belongings. Lead us into an enduring obedience to You in this area, we pray. Amen.
“I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Matthew 8:10
In the blink of an eye, you will be hugging your children good-bye and sending them off to college, to a first job, or even to start a family of their own. They’ll bring along a few reminders of home on their new adventure—perhaps a favorite pillow or teddy bear. Will they also take a firm understanding of how faith has made a difference in your life?
It’s easy for Christian parents to assume that their beliefs have been successfully passed on to their children. If the kids attend church, participate in church youth activities, and read the Bible occasionally, all appears to be well—and these are certainly good signs. But as my (JCD’s) father once pointed out to me in a letter, “the greatest delusion is to suppose that our children will be devout Christians simply because their parents have been.”
Have you asked your kids lately about what their faith means to them? Have you revealed specifically how Jesus has helped you through times of struggle and doubt? We urge you to talk with your children about Him, to pray for and with them, and to make these special moments a family priority. May I suggest that you do it now, while there is still time?
Before you say good night…
What do you honestly know about your children’s personal faith?
How much time do they spend weekly in God’s Word?
Are you comfortable sharing your beliefs with your kids?
Lord, time rushes by so quickly. It always seems as though there is more to do than we could ever get done. But please, Lord, help us not to take our children’s relationship with You for granted! Help us to take the time—make the time—to speak to them about what matters most for eternity. In Jesus’ name, amen.
My Princess Bride,
It brings me great joy to color your world, my beloved bride. Whenever you begin to doubt my devotion to you, look for me and I will create new ways to prove to you how passionately I love you. I will paint the sky with heavenly bliss to uplift your spirit. I will create a radiant rainbow on a cloudy day to remind you that I keep all my promises. I will grow delicate flowers, just to see you smile. I am here to sweeten your days and carry all your burdens for you. I will send a cool breeze to touch your face on a hot day just to remind you how much I love you.
Your Lord and creator
Prayer to my Prince
Your commitment to me has captivated my heart. I am broken as I reflect on all the days I’ve not seen the wonderful things on earth you created for my pleasure. To many times I’ve been blinded by the worries of this world. Please my prince; open my eyes that I may never miss another chance to let you express your love for me. I love the way you color my world.
Your adoring BrideSurely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
All the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6