“No one can serve two masters. . . . You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matt. 6:24)

THE MOST LIFE-CHANGING DECISION I ever made was to leave a teaching career to serve a church as a director of Christian education. I sometimes wonder how my life would be different if I had continued my career in teaching. The direction of our lives depends on the decisions we make. Since God needs teachers, directors of Christian education, and people of all professions, we must rely on the guidance of His Spirit, the counsel of other Christians, and the circumstances of our lives to make informed decisions.

In Jesus’ day, some thought riches were signs of God’s blessing, so they poured their time and energy into acquiring wealth. Jesus, however, taught that if we solely focus our attention on acquiring wealth, we lose sight of God. If we devote all of our time and energy to building our careers, we may miss opportunities for Christian service.

What takes first place in your life? What consumes your time? Do the expenditures in your bank account demonstrate that God has first place in your life? Are your talents and spiritual gifts used to encourage others? Our values determine how we spend our money, time, and energy. If God has first place in our lives, our activities will show it. Prayerfully bring all decisions before God, and rest assured that His direction will lead you down paths of spiritual blessing.

Pray for direction to make a decision you face.

Shirley Brosius writes from Millersburg, Pennsylvania. She is enjoys reading, walking, and playing board games with her five grandchildren.

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