There was a time in my life when I was definitely motivated by the Almighty Dollar. Making money can become a way of life.
In 1 Timothy 6:10, the Apostle Paul instructs his protégé with these words of wisdom: “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Paul is not saying that money is evil, but the love of money can cause all forms of evil. There’s nothing wrong with having money or desiring money, but when it becomes both our goal and our god we have a huge problem.
Perhaps you can recall a bumper sticker from the past that boldly proclaimed “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins.” Well, that cute saying probably found much approval from the many who were enamored with having more at whatever the cost.
King Solomon addressed this subject in Ecclesiastes 2. In verse 11 he wisely counsels, “Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
Personally I’m relieved he so succinctly shares his personal experience as one who comes to acknowledge that the love of money is simply chasing the wind.
The Love of Money … the root to all kinds of evil. If we are in love with money, we cannot be in love with our Heavenly Father.
By the way, you don’t have to have lots of money to love it! In fact, you can be penniless and still have a deep affection for the green stuff and what it can buy for you.
We can easily fall into Satan’s trap rationalizing that money will bring happiness and contentment. Just the opposite, I’ve personally observed how money can create all kinds of distractions and take you away from what really matters in life.
I’ve seen many possessed by their careers to the point of neglecting family, friends and God. Yes, Christians can also become fanatically focused on making money and totally lose sight of what’s most important in life. We can become mesmerized by the magical power of the perceived preciousness of money and how it might positively affect our lives.
Sometimes God simply must knock some sense into deceived Christians through possible illness, loss of jobs, divorce or any number of tragic events to get our attention.
Jesus lays it on the line in Matthew 6:19-21, warning us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Where is your heart? Is it found in money and the things it can buy here on earth or is it in your relationship with your Heavenly Father? Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul and with all your strength and store up your treasures in Heaven.
In the long run you’ll be so glad you did!
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— Jim Langley has been writing for more than 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw near to Him as well. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies columns in 2014, and he now reaches an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Monday Manna. He can be contacted at email@example.com for more information. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.