1 Timothy 6:10 (AMP)
"For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs."
Many often inadvertently twist this scripture to convey that money is evil. Money is not "bad" or "evil". Money is a constant variable. Notice, it is the love of money that is evil, not "money" in itself. Before I looked up this scripture, God was showing me that when one doesn't have a healthy relationship with money, it leads to bondage. Those that think money is bad, are often bound to poverty, lacking the basic necessities of life and often needing food, clothing, and shelter. And those that love money are often bound and enticed by the world, craving many ungodly things, stray from the faith, and go through much pain (as the scripture points out).
In a world where we are on "sensory overload", it can be a difficult balance. We need to pay attention and listen to the quiet whisper of the Holy Spirit when it comes to being good stewards with God's money (did you catch that...I said, God's money). It all belongs to Him anyway.
Some may measure excellence and success by the "bottom line" - the amount of money they take home. Some "put their hope in wealth" (1 Timothy 6:17) and build their lives to accommodate that pursuit. But my hope is that you would value many things above money. Scripture teaches us that "godliness with contentment is great gain" (I Timothy 6:6).
There is nothing wrong with being one with many accolades. Certainly teachers, firefighters, doctors and many others are vital to our society. Paul never condemned those that were wealthy, for he knew God loved to provide abundantly for His children's needs (1 Timothy 4:3-4, Eccl 5:19-20). Instead, he was concerned that they would arrogantly make riches an idol in which they trusted for security. Further, he wanted them to share with those who couldn't help themselves. But my prayer is, no matter what our profession, that at the core of our inner most being, we will know that we truly succeed by being righteous and godly people full of "faith, love, endurance and gentleness" (1 Timothy 6:11).
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.