Don’t Love It

One of the most commonly misquoted verses in the entire Bible is 1 Timothy 6:10. Contrary to what you may have heard, it does not label money as the root of all evil. Rather, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (emphasis added). People die for it. Kill for it. Give their lives in pursuit of it. But it’s not moneys fault. People love money because it represents security, comfort, deliverance, and status. All bogus, of course, because God is the only master who can make good on those promises.

Jesus died to purchase us back from the grips of sin and death. Believe in the gospel saves us, and it also changes us. If our hearts belong to Jesus and our lives are devoted to his mission, we need not avoid, demonize, or fear money. We can love God, love people, and use money to enjoy life and serve him.

In order to honor God with our money we must learn the biblical principles of stewardship. Everything we have comes from God and belongs to God: life, family, money, resources, time, job, talents… everything. We are stewards (or managers). All things belong to God, and he gives to us according to his grace and goodness.

Many Christians nod their heads in agreement, but for the most part we walk around like we own the place. Rather than cultivating humble appreciation, we covet a higher standard of living. Rather than gratitude for his grace, we exhibit greed for our own gain. The difference between these two outlooks influences and directs every aspect of life. Here is a chart to help illustrate how greed and gratitude plays itself out.

Money Chart

Take from Jamie Munson’s book “Money”

Practical Theology: What is one thing you can do this week out of a heart of generosity? (The best time to start being generous is now)