What Are You Chasing After?
A few months ago, I kept hearing from many millennials and even younger people that they were, “chasing the bag.” It was plastered on everyone’s social media pages and weaved into their daily conversations. Initially, the meaning of it was not all the way clear to me. You are probably thinking that I am so detached from the culture. Well, that is not the case. However, I then began to ask the question, “What is really in the bag that makes it so desirous to have?” Though it should never have been a surprise nor a valid question, I quickly discovered that money was in the bag. I thought it was very interesting how many people could be so limited in their mindsets to do whatever it took to get money—even at the cost of their own lives.
Let us consider how limited money can become when it comes to the value that it has. Every day, the dollar, euro, yen, etc. is being altered in value whether it be negatively or positively. One minute it could have great value, and the next, it would not be worth anything. Here is the principle, money is limited in how much it can do for the individual. There is something in economics called “purchasing power.” Purchasing power is the ability for a certain amount of money to go to work for a person, company, etc. Therefore, if it loses its value, it loses its ability to go to work for us no matter how little or how much we have! For example, having $10.00 means nothing if you can only buy something that is worth $5.00. That’s called value and purchasing power.
What am I saying? Many people are chasing after something that has the potential to lose its ability to be used and are missing out on opportunities that can catapult them into their purpose, future, and destiny. Our ambitious, perverse culture has embedded in our minds as people that success is defined by dollar signs. However, you can have billions of dollars and still be broke on the inside! When we chase money, we are running further and further away from the one that can provide all of it to us. It is impossible to chase after money and God at the same time. That is called idolatry. You will find yourself unsatisfied, still broke internally, and missing out on purpose.
Let me make this clear, I am not saying that we do not need money or that it is evil. The scripture calls money a defense! It is kind of a necessity one would think. I am suggesting to you that it should never be your main motive! Your heart should be pure when it comes to obtaining wealth. Let us not forget that God gave us the power to obtain it! When it consumes your life and life’s purpose, you ultimately miss the mark. You must always be in a position to discern the depths of your heart to ensure that you are in the will of God and that you are pure concerning the acquisition of wealth. Your heart will deceive you.
- What is your relationship with God like?
- Do you work more than you pray, worship and study?
- Is your conversation consumed with money talk?
- Is what you are producing profiting God’s Kingdom?
- Do you tithe or sow seeds?
- How much of a giver are you?
- Are you exhausted because of work?
- Are you living beyond your means?
- Are you a sloppy spender?
- How often do you consult with God about a job, opportunity, or something you want to buy?
- Do you have more money on you than you do in the Kingdom?
- How much are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of God’s command?
- Will you give it all up to obey God?
In order to maintain financial integrity in heaven and on earth and to guard yourself from becoming a worshipper of money, there is a remedy that Jesus Christ gave to us in Matthew 6:33 “But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also” (AMP).
- Be postured to seek the Lord as priority concerning everything in your life (finances, family, home, marriage, ministry, …)
- Live a lifestyle that pleases God (do life God’s way)
- Watch God add to your life
One of the greatest failures that people experience financially is they never seek after the Kingdom that knows the most about it. The Kingdom of heaven is full of wealth. The Kingdom of heaven is also full of wisdom to create, manage and build wealth. If we consult with God more than the voice of our ambitions and the world, most—if not all—of the world’s major financial troubles will never even become part of our conversations. When you become hungrier for God than you are money, you will discover secrets about it that no one else has access to, make better financial decisions, know how to be a better steward over the Lord’s resources, get out and stay out of debt, and just become a better person overall! Do not continue to chase after something limited in power, but chase after the One who is limitless in power. Make up in your mind that you are chasing after God. God over money!
JaQuan X. Gamble, MBA
Fin Ed, LLC
Founder & President