The Love of Money

December 6 | 1 Timothy 6:10

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:10, ESV)

I fear there are many in this day and age who have the wrong priorities. Even among Christians the desire for material wealth is too strong. Material wealth in and of itself is not bad. Some people with wealth use it to further God’s Kingdom.

I was weary of talking about money until the end of my first interview to take a church as a pastor. It wasn’t about leaving a bad impression. I felt that money was one of the last things we should talk about. And I should not bring it up.

I was blessed with people who addressed it toward the end of the interview. Paul brings up the love of money because it has come between some people’s faith and commitment to Christ. He says some have sadly left the ministry because of a love of money.

He did not say money is a root of all evil. He said the love of money is a root of evil. Money in itself is neither good nor bad. It is not innately immoral to have or use money. A person can’t survive in this world without using money.

But it’s about your attitude toward money. Do you seek it to take care of yourself, your family, and those in need? Or do you seek money because you want to live a lavish lifestyle?

Action Step: What is your attitude and heart toward money? Looking at your bank statements may help you see whether your heart matches your actions.

Jesus, thank You for everything you have entrusted to me. I want my heart toward money to be right, to please You. Help me make my heart and actions line up in my finances.

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