People who have an unreasonable love of money and a lust to accumulate it have fallen into a trap with inbuilt dangers. These dangers plunge people into ruin and destruction. The enemy of our souls uses this extreme love of money to control and rule the world, and even to destroy many Christians.
Let us turn to the Bible:
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. (Eccl 5:10 NIV, underscoring added)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim 6:10 NKJV)
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Mt 6:24 NIV)
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Lk 12:15 NIV)
Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. (Mt 6:19 ISV)
From the Scripture verses above we learn:
- When a person loves money, they can never have enough.
- The love of money can drive people to commit sin and to perform evil deeds.
- The love of money can drive people away from faith in God.
- We cannot serve two masters: we must choose to serve God or to serve money. We cannot serve both.
- Be on guard against covetousness (greed, materialism, avarice).
- Learn to value eternal things over and above real estate; savings accounts; stocks & bonds; and possessions. When we value the eternal, we please God.
Money is not evil. It can be used for good or evil. King David was wealthy, but it didn’t control his heart.
Do not give your heart to money or allow your monetary concerns to control your decisions or your actions. Tithe and give offerings faithfully as the Lord guides you. Be generous and help others wherever and however you can as the Holy Spirit directs you. Use your abundance to bless and help others and to earn the blessings of God in response. Don’t be stingy with your prosperity.
Be content with what you have and with your situation in life. If you would like things to change, pray and ask for God’s direction. He will hear and answer your prayers.
Don’t rely upon or trust in money. Trust in and put your faith in the Lord and in His Word. Obey the Lord and His Word and maintain a loving relationship with our Savior. Cultivate an eternal perspective. We all must remember that wealth cannot go with us into eternity. But Jesus will be with every believer throughout eternity as long as their relationship with the Lord is alive and vital at the time of their death. Hallelujah!