The Root of Riches: Part 1 - The Love of Money
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:5–6:10
The Apostle Paul says the love of money it the root of many evils. In our hearts what do we truly love? As Americans’ we enjoy enormous wealth compared to the rest of the world. The American dream of having wealth is counterintuitive to a biblical world view. For some people, there is dangerous mentality of being rich and still wanting more. God does not condemn money or the wealthy. There are many examples of rich people in the Bible. It is about giving and serving.
The Apostle Paul offers a warning that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. Many people crave wealth so much they wander away from God. They pursue money so much it becomes incompatible with their faith. Most rich people are not good at being rich. Money can ruin people and while wealth is a powerful tool, most people do not use it well. The more you have the more temptation there is for greed, idolatry, power. Most people think if they have more they will be more generous. In reality, the more you have the more temptations you have. Go on a mission trip and see how rich you are. Expose yourself to a reality outside of yourself.
Godliness plus contentment is great gain. We came into the world with nothing and we can take nothing out of it. The more you have the more there is to manage and the more stress you have. Life is not found the abundance of possessions. Desiring wealth will lead to temptations. The more you have the greater the trials and temptations that plunge people into ruin and destruction because they will do whatever it takes to have more. They will sacrifice their families, distance themselves from friends and from God.
What do you believe about money? What is the core of your beliefs? Set your hope on God and have a Christ centered ambition. No one can serve two masters at the same time. The love of money is like a bad root that produces bad fruit. People wander away from the faith, too busy working and wanting that money becomes the master. The greatest responsibility as a Christian is to learn how to love God. Love not the riches, but the one who richly provides.
More in The Root of Riches
January 22, 2017The Root of Riches: Part 3 - Practical Theologies on Rewards
January 15, 2017The Root of Riches: Part 2 - Giving for God's Glory