Being a Master of Money Is Not Enough
I like to say that money makes a perfect slave but a terrible master.
To take a deeper look at that statement, when money masters us, we are in a condition of mammon (Matt. 6:16–24), which is an ancient name for greed personified. We could also think of it as selfish ambition. Obviously, being mastered by money isn’t the position we want.
However, mastering money and making it our slave is not the end goal. If we aren’t careful, we can start to think that once we’ve mastered money, there’s nothing left for us to do but enjoy our new position and make money work for us. We think we’ve “arrived.”
Mastering money is only part of the assignment. We still have to master our hearts because money is a spiritual power, and power exaggerates whatever is inside of us. We can’t overlook the issue of righteousness.
Money and Issues of the Heart
What can happen when we master money but don’t master our hearts?
Someone who has mastered money can use it in only one of two ways: for righteous purposes or for unrighteous purposes. The apostle Paul puts it like this: the fruit of the Spirit or the deeds of the flesh (Gal. 5:16–24). These are two ways of thinking that fiercely oppose each other. The human spirit battles the flesh and the flesh battles the spirit, and we choose which way we want to go—we choose how we want our money to serve us.
Will we amplify the deeds of the flesh in our lives? Or will we use our mastery over money to promote the fruit of the Spirit?
Even though we master money, we have to deal with what lives in our hearts or we will simply use the power and opportunity of our breakthrough to exaggerate the deeds of the flesh.
Fruit of the Spirit
All of us are in the middle of a battle for our thoughts. There is an outside, overt, intentional struggle for the way we think, and we need to feed ourselves on the truth of the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15). I strongly suggest reading Galatians 5:13 and 5:16–24 for more on this topic.
Many of us throughout the church are trying hard to defeat the deeds of the flesh in our lives. These are things like immorality, strife, outbursts of anger, and dissensions. The core of Prosperous Soul and its material, especially Prosperous Home, focuses not only on how we can master money but how we can start to truly prosper. All of us need help to overcome the places in our lives where the deeds of the flesh have set up shop.
Though this task seems daunting, all things are possible through Christ. In fact, in Galatians 5 Paul essentially says, “Here is the solution. This is what you need.” And then he lists the fruits of the Spirit: love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and so forth.
As we grow financially, are promoted, and find ourselves prospering where money is concerned, we get to use our freedom for righteousness. Even as our slave, money is still an opportunity to do good or evil, and the way we choose to go always comes down to what is in our hearts.