This year my wife and I have been working to pay off our student loan debt. We sold a lot of our stuff, downsized our living situation, and started throwing every extra dollar at the balance. Through this experience, I have had some good thoughts and bad thoughts about what my future holds. I know that once my debts are paid, I will be able to give more generously to the church and to others. But on the negative side, I have spent this year thinking a lot about how much money I would like to have and ways to make even more money.
23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”Matthew 19:23-26, ESV
Money is tricky. The world runs on money. You have to have at least some of it to take care of your basic needs, and there are a lot of worldly problems that can seemingly be solved by having more. You can do a lot of good by giving money to good causes, and you can also get caught up in the pursuit of more money. The point that I want to make today is that chasing after money or any other stuff is pointless. It is through our faith in Jesus that we are able to enter the kingdom of heaven, and it is God’s plan for our lives that we should be chasing.