WHAT PEOPLE DO FOR MONEY…
“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) As a young man, I am not certain if I “loved” or just really liked money in my life, but now as a more seasoned adult, I can honestly say I certainly prefer having it rather than not having it. On the surface, we can clearly see the emphasis is centered around the act of loving money becoming an evil act. Additionally, the discovery and description of an error in faith pertaining to money. You may ask, What does faith have to do with it? Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6). You see, the error is the fact that money is only a dangling carrot used to entice; while in fact, it is not really the money it is a full-fledged fight of faith! (1 Timothy 6:12)
MIND OVER MONEY MATTERS
Throughout the Scriptures, metaphors pertaining to things that grow; such as fruit, branches, seed, and the harvest is prevalent displayed. Our title Scripture will sound the alarm as it relates to the subject of money with the illustration of money as being the very root of evil. From this point, I am reminded of the twelve disciples of Jesus and how the campaign of financing the ministry was truly a reality. For instance, the cost to feed twelve men traveling from town to town, lodging, various miscellaneous expenses. Judas Iscariot was the group treasurer/traitor and the Bible speaks of how Satan entered him. You already know the story, he would end up betraying the trust of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
JUDGE NOT, LESS YE BE JUDGED
Oftentimes, we are too quick to judge others. Remember, Judas was not the only disciple of Jesus whom Satan; according to Scripture would enter. There was Peter…”But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savour, not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”(Matthew 16:23) Here is where the root comes in our subject. Money can cause us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.(Romans 12:3) This is a window of opportunity left wide open for the thief to enter. I suggest reading the entire sixth chapter of 1Timothy in context for more clarity. You will find little nuggets such as “But godliness with contentment is a great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6) and this “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”(1 Timothy 6:9)