For the Love of Money

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1 Timothy 6:9-10 (CEB)
9But people who are trying to get rich fall into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful passions that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some have wandered away from the faith and have impaled themselves with a lot of pain because they made money their goal.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

Mark 10:23-25 (CEB)
23Looking around, Jesus said to his disciples, “It will be very hard for the wealthy to enter God’s kingdom!” 24His words startled the disciples, so Jesus told them again, “Children, it’s difficult to enter God’s kingdom! 25It’s easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.”

Reflect

What’s wrong with money? Nothing, necessarily. In 1 Timothy 6:10, it says that the love of money leads us into bad situations.

Greed is one way to define the “love of money.” There is something in our human nature that always has us wanting “more.” It can consume us. It can make us unwilling to part with what we have, which renders us unable to minister to those in need. And often, in the nonstop pursuit of “more,” we can only gain if somebody else loses. Greed is inconsistent with Jesus’ command to love our neighbors.

Another way to define “love of money” is putting our faith in the things we have instead of in God. It’s true that sometimes people only turn to God in times of need. What about people who don’t really need because of they have wealth and live pretty comfortable lives? It’s easy—and dangerous—for us to think that we can make it on our own, forgetting that all we have truly comes from God.

Respond

While today’s verses talk a lot about money, the concepts apply to all worldly things, including possessions and popularity. The things of this world are temporary, but God and Heaven are eternal. Take some time to consider your priorities. Are any adjustments needed?

Relate

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