1 Timothy 6:10 “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.”
Today we look at a verse, which is often quoted. Yet it is often misquoted as saying “Money is the root of all evil.” I believe that distortion of the verse, is from Satan himself as that devil loves to add to God’s word, take away, and distort. This makes us doubt the Word of God which has been told us by our Lord and Saviour. The lie, “Money is the root of all evil,” causes one to think, “Well, I need money in order to survive in this world, so I suppose I have no choice but to dive into the ‘root of all evil’ and it’ll be okay to sin.” It also robs us of the fact and blessing, that God doesn’t want us to be dirt poor, but has pleasure in the prosperity of His Servants (Psalm 35:27)! I know personally before I read God’s Truth, I was always told that money was the root of all evil. And this always caused me to wonder and doubt within myself, the validity of God’s Word. But the Truth is, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
Truly God is not against our having earthly riches, as He is the one to give them to us. Yet He is against our greediness and our holding onto those riches instead of giving freely, as we have been given by Him. No where in the Word of God is a rich man condemned simply because he is rich. Rather the rich, are condemned because of the “many sorrows” they have pierced themselves through with, due to their trusting in riches. For their love of money, their high-mindedness, their greediness, and their treating others poorly due to all of the above. This is why Jesus says in Mark 10:24-25 “And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” And they asked Him how can a man be saved then, and Jesus replied that with man it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. This assures us that indeed, Salvation is possible only with our Lord and Saviour!
Those who put their trusts in riches, have made money their god. They seek hardly anything else, other than to obtain more money. Money should not be a motivator to us who trust in the Lord our God! Money is not our God, what can it do for us? When we leave this world, is it going to come with us, can we buy a bigger mansion in heaven with it? What about Spiritual treasure, can we obtain more if we have more money here on earth? God forbid any should believe such lies! The sin comes not in our abundance of money, but in our love for it. Remember how many of the Churches had an abundance of money and wealth, and they used that wealth, to bless others and give to others! Remember how the church in Macedonia, was in poverty. But then because of their prayers and willingness to give, God blessed them so much with abundance, that they very often gave to the Apostles, and to other churches as well! That is my prayer for myself, and for you also, that we are not rich, but are blessed with an abundance, so that we can bless others! We shouldn’t seek to be rich, because if we do, it shows that indeed we do have some love for money, even if it is but a little love, if we seek and try as we can, to be rich, that shows a love for money. Rather we should seek God and what He wants. And we should know, that God will provide for us. If He so graciously provides abundance for us, let us then share that abundance with others in the body of Christ, that we do not shut up our bowels of compassion for our brothers and sisters in need—when we have that extra, to give!
A major reason we should not seek to be rich, is because being rich, brings temptation to our lives. In truth, it causes much trouble if we are rich . . . try as we might, it is very hard to keep from those temptations. Even those children of God, who give liberally, who are rich, have a hard time keeping from temptation. I know this one lady who has a great abundance of money, all the time. She is always giving to others though, and she buys things for churches very often. She is very generous, yet in secret she has a slight haughtiness within her. She tries to keep it down, but it is wrapped around her tightly, making her think within herself that she deserves more than others, and is better than others (and sadly, many add fire to that temptation, by treating her better than they would treat someone without abundance). She is a very compassionate woman who blesses others, but her extreme wealth still causes temptations in her life which she has a very hard time resisting. Let’s not seek to be rich, for those that be rich, fall into temptations and snares, but let us not condemn the rich because they are rich. Rather the Love of money—greediness and the things that follow with coveting after money—these are things which the Word of God speaks against!
When we love money, and covet after to obtain more and more, we very quickly find ourselves falling away from the faith of our Lord Jesus—for the True God is no longer your God, rather money is now your god. It doesn’t stop there though, for if we love money and covet to obtain more, we pierce ourselves through with many sorrows! Have you ever followed someone who has won hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions (in the lottery perhaps)? It is rare that they still have it after a year (most loose it all within Six Months) of winning it. This is because so often their life falls to pieces right after winning it. Family wants money, friends want money, strangers want money, and they will even stain your name in order to get it. Many are sued for money on ridiculous charges. Many spend liberally and waste it all on something they regret, and even more get into debt despite their extreme winnings! And all the while, rich are fearful of losing their money through theft. But this is hardly a problem for those who put their trust in God rather than in money. For then, money is no motivator, they don’t have to hold onto it but as God asks, they give it to others charitably. There is a peace to those who do not covet after money but whose God is the God of all creation and Father of our Lord Jesus, for God we know God will always provide for us! Let us covet after the Spiritual Treasure built up for us in heaven! And let us, (as said in 1 Timothy 6:17-18) “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
Let us not love money, nor covet after it. Let us love God, and covet after that which is godly and spiritual and is True LIFE! Then God shall provide liberally, all things to enjoy. God Bless you magnificently today, and tomorrow and the many days after! I love you, and continue to pray for you each day, as you are continually in my thoughts! Have a blessed day today in the Lord our God!
Love in Christ, Always,
Your friend forever,
Psalm 20:7-8 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.”