$ Love of Money $

Bill Brinkworth

 “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.”  1Timothy 6:10

If it is thought about carefully, the love of money (or something that is valued), is the root of all evil. Money itself has no value.  It is just paper, metal, or something that gives power or the ability to get what one wants. The value and power that it enables people to have is what makes it coveted after.

Coveting is what has brought and will continue to bring many heartaches and hardships.  Sin always has a price tag that few want to pay when payment time is due.  Coveting has been behind:

People can covet: money, fame, clothing, toys, houses, bicycles, things, education, and to be like someone else. No matter the popularity, coveting is still sin according to God’s word:
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.” Exodus 20:17 Also: Deuteronomy 5:21, Romans 13:9

Much of our American economy is based on man’s sin of coveting.  Many businesses know of man’s sin of coveting and try to make money from it.  The television industry thrives on the money it makes for the ads it sells.  Each one of these ads is aimed at convincing the audience that there is something better and more wonderful than what they have. They know that getting people discontent with what they have is the key to a sale.

With all the things we have coveted, not one of the things we did obtain has ever given us total contentment.  We always want something else.  Perhaps we just got a new car, but the ad about a new Cadillac has us drooling for another that is shinier, faster, and will “make us more popular”.  Our lust to covet is insatiable — “…so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” Proverb 27:20!

Since things, life-changes, life-styles, or anything we can obtain will never diminish our desire to have more, what can one do to have joy and happiness? The Bible’s solution is for all to be content with what they have, and who they are.

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11

“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 1Timothy 6:8

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  Hebrews 13:5

“Money is an article which may be used as a universal passport to everywhere except heaven, and as a universal provider of everything except happiness.”

This article was featured in The Bible View #137.

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