1 Timothy 6:10 states that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. So let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that we do love money. One of the evils of the love of money is greed. Greed is a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed.
I will say that it’s not wrong to have money, it’s just wrong when money has us.
Money is mentioned 140 times in the Bible. Clearly it’s a topic of importance to God. I certainly, won’t contradict God’s Word and say that the love of money is a good thing. I will say that it’s not wrong to have money, it’s just wrong when money has us.
When I think of some of my own financial burdens, it’s easy for me to focus on money I don’t have. I think it’s fair to say we all can identify with the importance the role money plays in our lives. However, the danger comes when our thoughts about money turns toward:
- Desiring what we see others have such as nice cars, homes, finances, etc…
- Desiring to acquire more money for things/stuff just to keep up with the latest and greatest.
- Trusting in financial/material posessions rather than trusting God.
In His parable of “The Rich Fool” in Luke 12:21, Jesus reminds us to be rich toward the things of God, not the things of this world. Paul gives us both a remedy and a reality check regarding this: “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
1 Timothy 6:6-7
Prayer: Father, help me to trust you more and not my finances. Let my love be for You, not the things of this world. I thank you for supplying all my needs according to your riches and glory in Christ Jesus! Amen!