Word for Wednesday

For the love of money is the root of all evil, which, while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10

My Dad always called it ‘filthy lucre’, although he always wished he had a little more of it in his pockets. Money is like fire, a wonderful slave but a horrible master. We need the stuff; we could all find a way to use a little more of it. Much as we try to be content with what we have, we instinctively long for more. Some of us have difficulty managing what we have, while others are excellent at directing the income to achieve the maximum benefits. Money of itself is not bad, but as our text today declares, the love of money is deadly, disastrous, and dangerous.

Loving money has serious consequences. Paul speaks of some who, because of their covetousness, had erred from the faith. That is sad. Good testimonies ruined, good fellowship destroyed, good spiritual exercise and abilities wasted. Those people paid a high price for their grasping ways. And they died without taking a penny of it with them.

Every dollar that these covetous Christians gained was like an arrow that stung its victim in the heart. Sorrows overwhelmed them, agony of mind and conscience staggered them. They suffered for their greed. The love of money is actually the breaking of the commandment: Thou shalt not covet.

Do Christians love money today. More than we should, I am sure, as I look into my own heart. Our Lord did not carry any money; remember how He had to ask someone for a penny so He could explain the principle of taxation. But the disciples kept their little company’s funds in a bag from which they defrayed expenses. Money is essential to our earthly existence. But we need to keep it in perspective… in the Lord’s perspective. We should view money as a means to God’s ends, not our own. Every bit of income should be committed to the Lord, and His will sought in the spending of it.

The more we love the Prince of Peace, the less we will love money, avoiding the root of all evil. -Jim MacIntosh

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