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The Root Of All Evil
One of the most dangerous attributes of the ‘love of money’ is its ability to lead us away from the heavenly Father. Matt 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Notice what it says: Jesus didn’t say you cannot serve God and sex, or sports or work, or another person. He did say that we can’t serve God and Money.
Jesus understood that money holds a unique power over us. It could be that when Jesus spoke these words, he had in mind the young rich ruler, who rejected Him because of his money or Judas Iscariot, who would betray Him for 30 pieces of silver.
Listen, there is nothing wrong with money; it’s the love of money. Even as the apostle Paul speaking to Timothy, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” Money is not evil in itself; it’s the love of what it can get you that that makes it a sin. It’s not kissing, hugging, and worshiping the money or the dollar bill, but what it represents to you and me in our life: that yacht, that beautiful house or that brand new car etc.
King Solomon, the wealthiest man who ever lived, offered this insight about money: Ecc 5:11-12 “As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them? 12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.
Having great wealth, Solomon reminds us that money can sometimes provide more problems than solutions. A person can be so consumed with money or has an insatiable desire of it, that it can cause a rational person to make irrational choices.
We are fascinated with money, why? Because money allows us to fulfill the desires of our short and fleeting lives. And yes, just as money can help us, it can also plunge us into harmful pursuit, I Timothy 6:9 “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction”.
It’s interesting and somewhat humorous; I have never seen a U-Hall attached to a Hearst. When you die, and you will…. you will take nothing with you out of this world.
As Christians, the Lord Jesus should be the lover of your life. The more you know Him, the more you appreciate and love Him.
There is nothing wrong with being a rich Christians. God knows how many have been a blessing in using their finances for the promoting the Gospel of God. There is nothing wrong with making money…. providing your motive is right, in providing for the Kingdom of God, your family, and for those who have less than you do, through no fault of their own.