Trust is the currency of God’s kingdom, yet some of the people we read about in the Bible, such as the rich young ruler, demonstrated that their trust was in money, not God. The young man was under the influence of the spirit of mammon. Money is mentioned so often in the Scriptures that we receive a loud and clear message from God warning us not to trust in it. To trust in someone is to rely on, lean on, and have confidence in them. Jesus tells us to rely on him, not on mammon. The opposing spirit of mammon says we do not need God. The choice in whom to trust rests squarely on us.A. Trusting in and relying on God instead of money has multiple benefits.
- The disciples were astonished at his worlds. But Jesus answered again and said to them, children, how hard it is for them who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:24).
- This was another example of Jesus teaching about money on the surface, but making the underlying message about trust.
- Jesus commended the widow for casting into the treasury the little she had because of her trust (Mark 12:41-44).
- Trust in God with all your heart, and do not lean unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear God and depart from evil. It will be health to your navel and marrow to your bones. Honor God with your substance and the first fruits of all your increase, so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your presses will burst out with new wine (Proverbs 3:5-10).
- When we fully trust God, he will guide us in what we do.
- Trusting him at this level even has physical benefits.
- Honoring him with our money shows that he weighs in heavier than anything else.
- You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in God forever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. For he brings down those who dwell on high. He lays low the lofty city; he lays it low, even to the ground. He brings it even to the dust (Isaiah 26:3-5).
- When our peace is disrupted, we must focus our minds on him. When our peace is challenged, we should lean on him.
- But I trusted in you, O Lord, I said, you are my God. My times are in your hand. Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from them who persecute me. Make your face to shine upon your servant; save me for your mercies’ sake (Psalm 31:14-16).
- The psalmist refers to God’s grace and asks to be saved, not because he deserves it, but because of God’s mercy.
- God does not need our faithfulness; he simply needs our faith and trust.
- Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor turns aside to lies (Psalm 40:4).
- The person who makes God his trust is empowered to prosper.
- Let us therefore labor to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (Hebrews 4:11).
- Rest is another way to demonstrate our trust. The picture of trust is in our refusal to carry worries, cares, or anxieties.
- No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (Luke 16:13).
- Here, God calls us to make a choice. Just like in the Old Testament, he tells us to choose whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15).
- And they said, let us build a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth (Genesis 11:4).
- The phrase “let us” is significant. The tower of Babel was a system in which the people believed they did not need God. They thought their own works could get them into heaven.
- This mindset spawned the “self help” philosophy, which says that we can improve ourselves by ourselves. Inspiration without God is a trap.
- When we declare we do not need God, self-effort and the law of Moses take over, and the door to mammon is opened.
- The covenant between God and Abraham was a grace covenant; Abraham did not do anything to receive favor from God (Genesis 15:1). There was no law before Moses presented it.
- Moses came and called for all the elders of the people, and laid before them all the words God had commanded. And all the people answered together and said, All that the Lord has spoken we will do. God told Moses not to let the people go up into the mountain or touch its border. Whoever touched it would be put to death (Exodus 19:7-12).
- This was the point where the covenant between Abraham and God ended, and the law of Moses began.
- The phrase “we will do” is significant. This phrase means to make or produce by labor. The people’s confidence was in their own abilities, not in God’s.
- God said, you shall have no other gods before me; you shall not make any graven images or bow down to them; you shall not take the name of your God in vain; remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy; honor your father and mother; you shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor; you shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, servants, ox, ass, or anything that is his (Exodus 20:1-17).
- The Ten Commandments were the people’s introduction to the law of Moses. As soon as the commandments were given, the people made a golden calf.
- When God became angry with the people, he still showed grace when Moses interceded for them and reminded him of the previous Abrahamic covenant.
- God wanted to wipe all the people off the face of the earth but, because of his grace, only three thousand people died. This was under the law; under the Abrahamic covenant, no one would have died.
- But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first (Matthew 19:30).
- Under the covenant of grace, we all receive the same reward. No one will be able to earn more.
- Under this covenant, God blesses us even when we make a mistake. We will not be judged for our actions.
- Jesus told the parable of the man who went out early in the morning to hire workers in his vineyard, to work for a penny a day. He hired more workers in the third, sixth, ninth, and eleventh hours, and paid them all a penny that evening. Those who had worked all day murmured, but the man said he had done no wrong. He asked, is it unlawful for me to do what I want with my own? Is your eye evil because I am good? So the last will be first, and the first last. Many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 20:1-16).
- Whether we have been saved a long time or just recently, everyone will receive the same from God.
- God’s favor does not take into consideration how long we have been doing something. It is not based on what we did, but on what we believe.
- It is impossible to live a Christian life without God. In him we live, move, and breathe (Acts 17:28).
- We were not made to journey through life on our own. We were designed to carry God with us. Even Jesus himself admitted he did nothing apart from the Father (John 5:19).
- We must come to a place where we are forced to admit we need God. We cannot do anything by ourselves; we need his help (Matthew 19:26).
Matthew 19:26, 30