“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” -Matthew 6:24, ESV
I have for a while considered the possibility of starting a niche blog (on another topic) for the possibility of drawing views and getting clicks. I would do this partially as an investment, and partially out of curiosity (I would enjoy the experience of learning about servers, hosting etc). But the more I think about it, the more I am convicted that it’s not worth the time or energy.
I have been blessed with a good job, reasonable pay, and my needs have been met. My expenses may increase in the future, but I still believe that I will be taken care of. Shouldn’t I spend the rest of my time cultivating relationships, planning a family, and growing closer to God?
Financial responsibility is an important thing, and the Bible says a lot about working hard/not being slothful. (2 Thessalonians 3:10 and Proverbs 18:9, for example). Working is an important part of taking care of and providing for a family. But it is possible to pursue money too much. Putting too much time and energy into active investments could have an adverse effect on both physical and spiritual health. Even watching the stock market too much has caused me to feel stressed and to gain weight.
Working is important, but I will try to focus only on work, and not on money by itself. I will work hard, I will be prudent with the resources I have, and I will try to give generously as I can. Our goal is to live for heaven, not here.
Please help me to focus on You first, and then family, and then business. Amen!