Jesus said you can't serve both God and money
One of the reasons I left my old church was due to the lavish spending of the pastor. Every week he would host a bible study at his house and serve all kinds of expensive food. Every week after a bible study at church - we would eat at an expensive restaurant. The pastor also would not make me a member after I had been there for around a year cause I was paying off student loans at the time and did not have money for a tithe and the pastor did not invite me to barbecues at the church cause I did not tithe.
You see - its impossible for somebody to lose weight if they like eating chocolate cheese cake every other day.
Likewise an athlete can't build muscle if his favourite hobby is watching t.v. on the couch
And a parent cannot raise good children if he doesn't spend time cleaning their diapers and changing their bed sheets and driving their kids to school or karate lessons.
And a religious person cannot be a good person if they do not work on improving either themselves or the lives of those around them.
Many celebrities have been on t.v. shows where they have to choose between love and money
So I'm suggesting here a new dichotomy - not one of love or money - not one of God or money - but one of pleasure or money.
The richest people are the ones too busy earning to spend their income on fun things.
The poorest people are the ones too busy having fun to work and be productive at earning things that can enable them to enjoy their lives.
The idea here is you are either productive and hard working or you are lazy and losing ground.
Even though I'm no longer working because of CoVid I'm still working on my books and doing research for it - cause without work - I feel bored and depressed.