Read: 1Tim 6:2-21
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 1 Timothy 6:10 &17-18
The apostle Paul warns Timothy and the rest of us about guarding our hearts when it comes to money and how to handle the wealth we have been blessed with.
The way Paul describes money in this passage is much like a drug. Don’t love it, don’t crave it, don’t trust it, but trust God. Don’t want it too much. God understood from the beginning that money and wealth would be the single greatest distraction/addiction we would face, and the single greatest temptation.
We are tempted to trust money rather than God, love money rather than God, to seek it, to obsess about it, to find our security in it, to long for it’s comforts and privileges. Money isn’t evil though – it can be used for good things as Paul points out… “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.”
And that is the secret to not destroying yourself with money. Hold it with an open hand choosing to trust God for your provision, and generously sharing with others. Money isn’t evil, but it can lead you to evil places in your heart if you’re not carful. Jesus said you can’t serve two masters, you can’t serve both God and money. So you get to decide who is the master and who is the servant. Money makes a wonderful servant and lousy master, and God is the only master you want in your life. Take a look inside and evaluate who’s in charge. If you’re struggling with fear or desire concerning money, it’s time to dismiss that master and surrender to God. Then start holding your stuff with open hands. There is such freedom in trusting God and fun in generosity….
Lord, forgive me for my lack of faith, and for trusting in money rather than you. You know what I need, and I choose to trust you to provide. Help me to be generous with what you have given me and help me live life as an adventure with you, making a difference with what you have entrusted to me. In Jesus’ name, amen.