It’s easy to think that if only we had a little more money it would solve all sorts of problems, right? Just a little more, that’s all.
There is extreme danger in DESIRING to be rich because it always leads to sin. It’s a matter of the heart. Here’s how the Apostle Paul put it to Timothy:
“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and are caught in the trap of many foolish and harmful desires, which pull them down to ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9 (GNT)
Paul makes it clear that those who desire to get rich are setting themselves up for a trap; they fall into temptation and a snare.
DESIRE: “Want to get rich.” DECEPTION: “Trap.” DESTRUCTION: “Ruin and destruction.”
One of the most popular aphorisms of all time is “money is the root of all evil.” But that is NOT what Paul is talking about. He is making a point about the LOVE of money.
You may be thinking, “That’s not me.” Ok, fair enough. But that’s a dangerous high-wire act because all of us are tempted, at least a little, in some way. It’s dangerous because the next step in that progression comes when the desire for wealth topples us and we “fall” to the temptation.
Avoiding that destructive fate can only come when our trust rests squarely on the Lord of Heaven and earth with an eternal perspective.
God is imploring us believers to resist the “I want to be rich” temptation and live for Christ.
I ask God to help me trust him when it comes to my thoughts on money. To give me an eternal perspective. And to keep me away from the “I want to be rich” temptation so I can live for Christ.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
How much of the word desire surrounds your view of money?
“For the love of money is a source of all kinds of evil. Some have been so eager to have it that they have wandered away from the faith and have broken their hearts with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10 (GNT)