“For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition.” – 1 Timothy 6:9 NIV
It’s often said that money is the root of all evil. That’s not really true. Money isn’t an evil in and of itself. How we use it determines whether money is a positive or negative in our lives.
The Bible makes it clear that the desire to be rich brings many new temptations into your life. What are some of those temptations? Well, it can be the temptation to lie or to steal. It can be the temptation to use and even run over other people, including your own family, to have more wealth. It can be the temptation to defraud other people to have more wealth. This focus to have more and more money can cause one temptation after another and the next thing you know, we can find ourselves doing things we never thought we’d do. We can make life a mess. When wealth becomes our priority, we are not willing to acknowledge that all we think we own is God’s and that victory with money—be it a little or a lot—is using His money in a way that pleases Him.
Wealth earned honestly can be a blessing. It can do a lot of good. But the desire to be rich so we can spend it or hoard it for ourselves can cause us to give into all sorts of unhealthy temptations. It’s time for us to put away selfish pursuits, get out from under possessions and rediscover the true meaning of happiness.