“Make the money, don’t let the money make you
Change the game don’t let the game change you”
Macklemore is not a Christian, but in this line he hits a biblical truth. God made creation for us to rule over and use to enjoy God. So don’t let money make you. Don’t let the game change (rule over) you. Yes let money and the game move you to enjoy the true and Triune God so that you are changed and made new, but don’t let the money and game be the things that ultimately change or control you.
Paul put it this way: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen” (Romans 1:25). Money is a created thing. So is the game. So are spouses, friends, sexual pleasures, power, influence, work, school, knowledge, etc. Don’t worship and serve these things. They did not create you. They will not sustain or finally satisfy you. They cannot save you from your sin. You will not have to give an answer to these things.
Instead, use these things to know and enjoy God through Jesus Christ. Use them to worship God. Enjoy the beach and the mountains. Enjoy friends. Love learning. Enjoy work. Love your spouse and the sexual union that comes with marriage. But don’t get it twisted. These joys are to be deepened and used to know and enjoy God. Genesis 1 clarifies to us who this God is and identifies him as our Creator.
Currently I find most earthy joy in my wife, kids, friendships at church, and gospel ministry. I find most frustration with the Lakers. Somehow in these things, I need to use them to enjoy God and not let them rule me or make me in their image. Let’s flee idolatry.
More applications to come.