The Danger of the Love of Money
As rightly said by the Holy Scripture, “money answers all things”. Yet it is so vital and important to understand that the love of money is the root of “all evil”. Pause a little bit and check out all the evil activities going on in your environment, you will find out that they are traced to the love of money. People steal for the love of money.
Kidnapping is done because of the love of money.
Tons of people involve in prostitution for the love of money
It is the love of money that make people join cultism.
Politicians and leaders loot money, it is because of the love of money.
I could go on and on to trace lots of evil things people do for the love of money. The foundation I want to lay is to back up the Scripture that says, “The love of money is the root of all evil”. Take note of the phrase “all evil”. It’s an absolute irony to know that the same substance that answers all things is the same substance that loving it leads to all kinds of evil.
1Tim 6:6 but godliness with contentment is great gain.
6:7 for we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
6:9 but they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
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.
As we all know, money is a unit of exchange. Truth be said, no church, organization, person or group can do without money. Money in itself is not wrong but loving it makes it wrong. I want to focus this article on the approach many people use in getting it. Unfortunately, Christians have also become involved in the mad pursuit of money
We live in a generation where the rat race for wealth has increased beyond imagination. At a time when the church and individuals are supposed to sincerely prepare to herald the coming of Christ, unfortunately the devil has used the desire for wealth to deceive many. Compare the rate at which people pursue money today with the rate at which it was done about 15 years ago, you will find out that it has far more than doubled
I pray that the Holy Spirit will use this little piece of work to direct our life better. I pray that we will have a better and clearer view towards our pursuit for money
“Those that will be rich fall into temptations”
Our text says, “Those that will be rich fall into temptations”. Let me state that it is not wrong for us to crave to be wealthy because God has given us the power to make wealth as the Holy Scripture says.
But those that will be rich in this context refers to those who want to break the natural law and protocols of achieving wealth. We know that there are set down principles to become wealthy. Some of them include; Paying tithe, hard work, generosity, patience etc. But those that will be rich will want to bypass these principles.
By bypassing these principles many fall into the temptation of getting involved in things that do not glorify God.
You will see that in our time, many people who are employed and paid by organizations most especially government workers will charge you money in order to render a service which the government pays them to do
Business men and women tell unnecessary lies to make more profit as a result of the love of money.
Companies now reduce the quality of their products just to make more profit – love of money.
Unfortunately many people pay attention to those politicians whose extort our treasuries and forget that even the little extortion they do are still sinful before God
Church men and women, youths and adult have become guilty of this
No wonder the devils seems to have an upper hand in the battle because many of those who are supposed to wage war against him have diverted their attentions to pursuing money at all cost
In our time, one of the fastest growing industry is the betting and gambling industry. Billions of Dollars are been invested into betting and gambling yearly. This is as a result of the desire to be wealthy. If you check around you will observe the proliferation and expansion of ponzi schemes like MMM, ultimate cycler, givers forum etc.
Those that will be rich… Today we hear cases of money rituals, kidnapping, and many other vices. All these are done just to rich – the love of money
You have not killed anybody to be rich but I tell you that if your attention has become fully centered on money more than Jesus then you are guilty
If you desire to make money so that you can join the elite class in the society then you’re guilty also
Many young guys at ages less than 28 now live in luxury because of the money they made in an ungodly way. If you admire and desire to be like them, then you are guilty
“While many covet after, they have erred from the faith”
While many covet after, they have erred from the faith. It then means that loving money and loving Jesus are two parallel places where you cannot be at the same time. If any man loves the world, then the love of the father is not in him
“The love of money is the root of all evil”
The love of money is the root of all evil. Once again, it pains my heart to know that the same money which answers all things is the same money which the love is the root of all evil.
How painful is it to know that men who should have amounted to something profitable in God’s hand have become trash in the devils hand because they erred from the faith while pursuing money
We no longer talk of politicians who loot the nation’s treasuries because many pastors loot their church fund as well
“they pierce themselves through with many sorrows”
While doing this, they pierce themselves through with many sorrows. There is never anything in this world that causes sorrow more than departing from the plans and purpose of God. The love of money has made many people pierce themselves through with many sorrows. People no longer sleep peacefully because of the feeling of insecurity caused by their wealth.
Rich men can hardly walk in the street of many developed cities without security for the fear of been kidnapped.
Mat 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.
Anytime you stop chasing the substance, you begin to chase the shadow. When we no longer burn for God, we begin to burn for the world
We have seen people who have made wealth outside God. Externally they are good to go but internally, they are miserable. When the soul no longer has peace and joy, then any other thing we can achieve is trash
As Christians, we must understand that there is a timing and plan for everything. The gift of God make rich a man without adding any sorrow
God still blesses his people. But if you cut corners you will end up offending God
Before I bring this subject matter to a close, let me draw our attention to these two passages
“And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? For the money faileth”.
Many marriages have crashes because money has failed.
Many friendships has broken because money failed
Children no longer respect and honour their parents because money has failed in the family.
Many ministers has left the ministry because money has failed.
Many people are frustrated in life because money has failed.
When money failed…. I want to inform everyone that a time will (must) come when money will fail in our lives. As we all know, money can buy bed but not sleep. Money can food but not appetite. Money can make you have a girlfriend but money cannot buy true love
Permit me to ask this question. If your priorities and attentions are placed on money, what will be your hope when money fails?
Billionaires are dying of sicknesses that a simple prayer of faith could have healed. Yet their money could not save them
“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven”.
Money is part of the meat that perish which Jesus admonished us not to labor for. If money does not fail then it will vanish
Check your neighborhood you will find some men who were extremely well to do but currently they beg for daily bread. They make their living out of so much difficulty. Oh, how the money vanished.
May we not love things that will vanish and fail more than things of eternal value. May we not be guilty of having the love of money in our live.
Having said all these, I therefore recommend these few things
Be a God chaser not money chaser
The greatest event in your life will be to die and resurrect at the feet of Jesus. If you gather all the money in the world, a dime will not leave this planet with you at death. If you think it’s a lie ask Michael Jackson, Paul Allen and Steve jobs. If we so have the love of money, what will be of the money when we are no more. At the point of death, it will never matter if or not we had money while we were yet in this world. If hell is our final destination, all the money in this world will never pull a soul out of it. All the money in this world are nothing to bribe our ways into heaven.
Lay up your treasure in heaven
Remember that where your treasure is, there your heart will be. Our billionaires face series of shocks when there is a little drop in the stock market because it will affect their net worth. But nothing moves a man whose treasures are fixed in heaven. Also bear it in mind that the richer you become the more your kidnapping value increases. Meaning that rich men are not secured
As your soul prosper
Our brother John prayed that we prosper as our soul prospers. This means that the prosperity of our soul is more important. As a Christian, your bank account should never prosper more than your soul
2Chr 26:5 “And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper”. As long as we seek God, God will keep prospering us
Be content with what you have
I pity billionaires because at the point of death many people whom they do not know will inherit their wealth. A story was told of one of the richest men in china who at the point of death was worth $1.9B. After his death, his widowed wife married his driver who in turn inherited all his boss wealth. So he said, “I thought I was working for my boss but I just found out that my boss was the one working for me”. In my discretion, a rich man is someone who can foot his financial needs at all-time whether he has large savings in the bank or not
Live in obedience to God’s word
Deut 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
If you have studied your bible closely, you will find out that every promise of God has an accompanying conditions or commandment. Hence the surest way of getting those blessings is by obeying God
In conclusion, God still blesses people but do not run faster than God. There has never been a man who ran faster than God and ended well. You will not be the first if you try it. Therefore allow things to fall into place as God has planned it
Thanks and God bless.
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