“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and wealth.” (Matthew 6:24)
This passage of scripture indicates there is a great competition for our hearts between the world and the lordship of Christ. Materialism and the insatiable desire for more can often keep people from completely turning over their entire lives to God.
Author Randy Alcorn said, “Once we allow money to have lordship over our lives, it becomes a god that jealously dethrones all else.” The love of money will unmercifully take the reigns of a life moderately devoted to Christ. The old saying, “Give an inch and he’ll take a mile” is true in this case.
Financial pressures are significantly impacting families.
1. Finances is a key reason cited for many divorces. Money-related issues are not always the root cause but they can bring them to the surface.
2. Over indulgent lifestyles lead to ever-mounting debt. The more we spend without regard to what we really have, the more likely we are eventually to get into financial trouble.
3. Dissatisfaction in career choices impact home life. Millions of people are in careers they don’t want to be in because of financial choices they have made in the past.
4. Couples argue over money almost more than any other topic. When couples come into a marriage with different financial backgrounds, it can cause a great amount of tension in the marriage.
5. Children are casualties in the war of words over money-related topics. Who often gets hurt the most when it comes to money-related issues in the home? Kids.
The financial pressures facing people today creates a need for a focus in this area. With so much despair, there is good news. As more and more people experience these challenges, they are turning to Christ for answers. One Master Ministries was established in 2010 to meet people with spiritual and practical home that can only come from God. We exist to be used by God to help people make Jesus their one master in every area of life.
Jesus Christ wants to be Master in our relationship with Him, in our marriage relationships, in our parenting and in every relationship we are involved. He cares about each and every one!
How do we deliver this message to those we serve?
First, we share this important message about the lordship of Christ and financial faithfulness through small groups. One Master Ministries leads others in biblical studies that make a difference in families and individuals in the realm of personal finances. One participant wrote, “Our experience with the study was truly life-changing.”
Our goal is to offer three to four small group studies on finances throughout the year. These groups are biblical, safe, and encouraging for the follower of Christ who wants to be more faithful in their personal finances to bring glory to God.
Second, we share the message through personal, one-on-one mentoring. The heart of One Master Ministries is personal relationships in seeing life-change. Peoples’ hearts are impacted and their financial habits radically adjusted for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom. One participant in our personal mentoring program wrote, “We can’t thank you enough for the time you have taken with us. Having your help and guidance is making all the difference.”
In our mentoring program, we use an online budgeting tool to help individuals and couples learn how to create and use a spending plan to be successful with their finances. We continue to bring biblical teaching and training throughout the process because perspective drives behavior. Our goal is not just financial faithfulness, but life faithfulness! Strong and loving accountability is a key component to true change and we see this happening in the OMM mentoring program.
Third, we share this message of the lordship of Christ with children. One Master Ministries is committed to teaching the next generation God’s truths to live a life fully committed to Him. Learning God’s heart as it relates to money and wealth and then making some simple applications for a young person can set them on a course to be faithful in life as an adult.
Lastly, we share this message through the Career Direct occupational guidance system. Individuals who complete our online assessment and the live consultation learn more about who God has designed them to be and gain a clearer understanding of the occupation that may best suit them so they maximize the stewardship of time for God’s Kingdom.
One Master Ministries was birthed in 2010 and is led by a godly board of directors. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and depend on the generosity of concerned individuals and churches since we do not charge clients for most of our services. Your partnership can make a difference in people’s lives as we seek to impact people for Christ.
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