Scripture: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NIV
Observation: Paul closes the book of Hebrews with some last words if encouragement and instruction.
Application: I don’t know how often I have heard through my life the proclamation “money is the root of all evil!” I know from today’s scripture that that proclamation was a misrepresentation of Paul’s exhortation to the Hebrew believers. It’s not money that is the root of all evil it’s the “love” of money. When we focus on money we stop focusing on the Lord. That’s the sin. The Lord is all we need and he promised he would always be with us and never forsake us.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for getting us through this past week. I ask in Jesus’ name for safe travel home. Thank you for the reminder today that you are all we need. Thank you. Amen
2 Replies to “The Love of Money…”
Great observations Doug! The verse you’re referring to in your clarification is I Timothy 6:10 (I think). This particular topic is one that parents and teachers need to think on very carefully – for it is very easy to instil and approve of these very values in children.
Do we hold up those who eagerly seek high salaries and promotions, those who amass earthly wealth, those ‘rags to riches’ heroes that pepper both fairy tales and history texts?
We very rarely extol the virtues of the man who remains in a modest job with a basic salary, but who does it well and without grumbling. Schools, in particular, generally fail in teaching children to be content with what they have – but rather specialise in using the incentive of future financial gain as the reason for present study. Just look at the way schools and colleges quote the average employment rate and earnings of their graduates rather than the percentage involved in helping their neighbours and teaching the scriptures.
Living under capitalism means that the pursuit of money is so deeply embedded in our culture that we don’t even notice it.