Luke 16:13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You can not serve both God and money.” 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Last night we hosted our second Sunday Haus service on Clubhouse and I had a chance to share about God’s perspective on money and the spectrum of views in the church. On the one hand, we see tele-evangelists exhorting “dial 1-800 BLESSME, give me your credit card details and God will show you favor!” On the other hand, we see many Christians misquoting scripture “money is the root of all evil” when in fact the verse is “the LOVE of money is A root of ALL KINDS of evil.” Money is not evil, just like food, sex, and relationships are not evil. God wants to bless us with the fullness of experience that his creation can provide. But the problems appear when we put any of these good things near the position of the greatest thing in our lives. I believe that many Christians have hangups about making money, when God wants to bless us more than we want to be blessed ourselves. I also believe too many of us go to God like a vending machine, assuming that if we deposit in some transactional way, we deserve some yield on that sacrifice. What do you believe about money? Do you have some deep-seated, perhaps unconscious views that are holding you back from experiencing the fullness of God’s presence… and his favor? Lord, I thank you for being a loving father and for showering me with your love. You bless me though I’m so undeserving. That’s what loving fathers do. I declare that I need you and you alone. In Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.