1 Timothy 6:9-10 “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
It is quite simple, really.
You either accept a level of comfort set for you or you determine to make it better.
The love of money has been at the root of many a person’s demises. Whether a person of means, status, or family breeding, or a person struggling to make ends meet; money – or the love of it, can infest a heart and destroy nations.
Some bow at the altar of money and sell their soul to accumulate great wealth. Others set their life’s path to acquiring the power that comes with great fortune. Still, others want to live a life of ease that would keep them from wanting anything.
Paul tells young Timothy earlier:
1 Timothy 6:6-7 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
Setting our eyes on things eternal to refocus our life’s work. Many a miserly millionaire went on to be known for what it is they left behind more than the lives that they touched.
More often than not, a legacy is what we etch in the soul of another, not the amount in a bank account. God sometimes chooses a person to be the vehicle to fund the work of God. Someone with a heart not set on the money they possess. Realizing it is only a tool to be used for good.
Often, these are ones who live humbly. Ones who seek God’s path for what to do, where to go, and how to disperse that which they believe God has given them to be stewards.
We see examples of those who have wickedly used the ministry to acquire wealth. Our enemy then tells the unsaved that is how all pastors and all churches operate. While the flow of money through a thriving church may equal or surpass some corporations, it is only a tool given by God to be used for His glory – not our gain.
Can we be stewards enough that when the plate is passed in your church that you would open your wallet, pocketbook or purse and ask God what He would have you to give? Can we allow Him to take it all if He should so desire?
We forget that as the purchased possession of Almighty God, what I own is His – including the money He allows me to accumulate and acquire. Many foolishly say;
“I earned this money. It is MINE.”
When, in fact, it is God that gave me breath; physical prowess to accomplish what I do, and a mindset to industry to accumulate the wealth I do have. God can take it all away in a moment – look at Job.
He was a man of great wealth and standing in his community. In less than a day, he lost it all; family, wealth, health, and standing. His famous words should remind us all.
Job 1:20-22 “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
He realized that God gave it, and God can take it away. How we act or react when we lack reveals our heart.
Some who have been given talent from God are tempted in this area as well. Many a Christian musician or artist began in the church singing specials for their congregation. Now, you cannot find them darkening the door of a church. What happened?
Maybe, it was the lights, the applause, or the money. The carrot that Satan used to dangle in front of them didn’t even have to be that much. Some thought their message would be better served on a stage instead of the church house. They followed a worldly path under the guise of ministering on a larger stage.
God did not ordain concerts to replace the local New Testament Church. Some are made to feel that it is all worship just the same. We begin to worship the singer or the song. Our altar becomes the stage, and though God’s name is mentioned, He is nowhere near.
We are warned that to be tempted in this area of money could draw us into hurtful lusts and drown us in destruction and entire loss or ruin.
We are enjoying the relationship of one so close and taking solace in the fact that our lives are at peace. Content with that which we have, not desiring more and more to the place it overwhelms our soul.
Follow the Word of God, and find contentment in the power and presence that only He can provide.
Money is only a tool and not evil in and of itself.
The love of it is.