Saturday, March 9, 2013

Money Love

Have you ever heard the saying, "Money is the root of all evil"? Well, I want to tell you a truth. This statement is incorrect. This is the real statement.

"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils."
1 Timothy 6:10

Money is not evil, but the love of it is, because loving wealth oftentimes leads us far away from loving Christ.
"He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity."
Ecclesiastes 5:10

So how do you know if you love it? 
Answer honestly.

1. Do you view money as yours and it's 
only your business in the way you use it?
2. When you get extra money, 
do you already know what you are spending it on?
3. Are you saving for your comfortable, cushy retirement?
4. Is giving a tithe to your church optional?
5. When you give, do you expect blessings?
6. Do you think money is important?

If you answered yes to Numbers 1 through 5, then you might be in love with the stuff. Number 6 was a trick question -- if you answered yes, then you are correct. Money is VERY important. I recently was under the teaching of Dr. Michael Oh, and he put it very precisely. He believes the church doesn't stress the importance of money enough. As he so well put, money is the blood that flows through the body of Christ. And just as when blood doesn't flow through a body, the body dies.

Now does God need our money to do His good work? Absolutely not, but why would we want to miss out on being part of His work? The first step in not being a lover of money is realizing that money, no matter how large or small the amount, does not belong to us. We are just managers or stewards of what God charges to us.

So our first question is debunked. It's not your money, not your business in how you use it.

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace..."
1 Peter 4:10

1 comment:

  1. Very good post! It made me think about money differently. Thanks for sharing, Abby!