Thursday, May 7, 2015

Devotion: Is Money Your God?

Most of us have heard the phrase, “Money is the root of all evil.” Stated this way, this phrase leads us to believe that “money” itself is“the root or cause of all evil.”  According to scripture, it is “the love of money” that is “the root or cause of all evil” (I Timothy 6:10).  The actual wording brings to light a slightly different interpretation where “the love of money” is the root cause of all kinds of evil and not money itself.  It is this “love of money,” this desire in people to be rich that is the first step of a downward spiral that causes all kinds of wrongdoings just to acquire this money.  Those who covet after money, fall into temptation and do all kinds of unwise, destructive, and malicious things that eventually hurts them, all to satisfy this desire gain access to money.  Because of their“love of money,” these same people have turned away from God, have been led astray from the faith, and have inflected themselves with countless sorrows that eventually lead to their ruin and destruction.

Scripture tells us “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind” (Luke 10:27), but this is one commandment that is hard to obey if you have a “love for money.”  You see, if you have this “love of money,” then you cannot love the Lord God with all of your heart, soul, strength, or mind.  Jesus told us that no man can serve two masters, because he will either love the one and hate the other or he will keep or hold on to one and have not respect for the other (Matthew 6:24).  God tells us that we are “to have no other gods before him” (Exodus 20:3), but this “love of money” is like having another god before God, where you love something else with all of your being instead of loving God, which is a very big “no-no.”  It is important to note that money, in and of itself, is not the root or cause of all evil, but it is this “love of money” that ends in man’s ruin and destruction.

So, we have to ask, “Do you serve money or does money serve you?”  As always, we forever pray that our message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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