I lost my job at the end of March, 2013 due to a site closure of General Electric Intelligent Platforms. At the time they asked my wife and I to move to Huntsville, Alabama, but we decided that we were not supposed to go down there because we did not have any reason to. We did not want to make our decision based on where we would make the most money, because that is not what is important to us. It has been roughly 7 months since we made that decision and we still think it is the right one, even though I still don't have a job. This experience has brought to life a passage from the book of Matthew in the Bible.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (6:20-21).When you make good money it is very difficult to know your true motivations. It is one thing to say that you don't love money, but it is another thing to not have it and say that. The decision not to go to Alabama was a moment of truth. Were we going to make decision by what would give us the most money, or were we going to make decision based on heaven?
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 (6:24).You can't have the best of both worlds. Everybody needs to make a choice regarding where their allegiance lies because there is no in between.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?Water, food, and clothing are the basic necessities to survive, but they are not the most important things in life. When people are lying in their hospital bed gasping for life, they do not ask to eat a steak cooked medium rare, or for one last look at their favourite pair of shoes, they ask to see the people they love the most. Relationships are way more important than the basics of life. Decisions regarding work, vacations, and entertainment all need to be measured in terms of what really matters in life.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life (6:26-27)?Worrying does not help you eat, make mortgage payments, or extend your life. That does not mean you sit idly by waiting for a miracle, birds still fly around looking for food. The point is don't worry about things that are outside of your control.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.This is what brings it all together. God does not promise us a house, a car, a job, or even food. What he does promise is that he will give us what we need to seek first the kingdom of God. Our responsibility is to seek the kingdom of God, His responsibility is to take care of what we need to do that. If we serve Him, He will take care of the money.