1. You Cannot Serve Both God and Money
One reason why Christians shouldn't gamble is because people cannot serve both God and money. The Lord tells us, “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 cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). As Jesus tells us in this passage, we cannot have two masters. We will be devoted to one and despise the other.
What the Lord is telling us here is that if we have a love for money and make it our master, we will despise God. As Christians, this should convict us to our very souls. We should never want to place anything above God in our lives. By placing money as the most important thing in our life, or as our “love,” we will slowly but surely drift further away from God. If you are considering gambling, pause and reflect on where your heart lies.
Is it with God or is it with money? Most individuals gamble to get more money. Due to winning in the past, they want to go on to play bigger, bet larger, and throw more money on the line. At the end of the day, gambling is fueled by a love for money. Once you make money your master, it can be hard to remove yourself as its servant.
If you already find yourself in a place today where money has become your master, know that there is redemption. Turn to God and ask for His help. He will bring you up out of the miry pits (Psalm 40:1-3). Although you may feel too far gone, know that there is no such thing as "too far gone." You are never too far gone from God as He will always welcome you home with open arms.
All of us will make mistakes in our lives, but it is what we do about these mistakes that matters. Are we going to continue to live a life where we are mastered by a desire for money or are we going to start living a life where God is our true Master? As the Lord tells us, it is impossible to serve two masters. We must choose only one.
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