“Money is the root of all evil”
Have you ever heard that phrase?
I hear it often. The problem is that it’s not in the Bible. It’s from a commonly misquoted verse from the Bible.
The actual verse says, “For 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.” 1 Timothy 6:10 (emphasis mine)
And, you’d have to admit that verse is true. You’ve seen people fall in love with their money and it causes all kinds of grief.
But, money isn’t bad in itself. I happen to like money. It provides for the necessities of life and some of life’s pleasures. It pays the church bills too. We can use our money to bless others.
God uses our system of commerce (money) to further His Kingdom. Sure, He could do without our money…He could do anything He wants with no money at all…but God does choose to use money. You’ve most likely seen Him do so.
Where we get in trouble isn’t with money. It’s with the love of money. Jesus said we can’t love both God and money. He was referring to that sold out, fully committed, do whatever it takes to get kind of love. That love isn’t to be towards our money, but towards our Savior.
Be honest, which do you love more: Your money or Your Jesus?
The best way to tell is to have to give one of them up for the other. Hope you never have to choose that way, but it would at least determine the truth of your heart.
How can you tell when someone is loving their money in an unhealthy way?