“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
When a woman poured a whole jar of expensive perfume, an entire year’s worth of wages, at the feet of Jesus in worship, it was Judas who condemned her. He misunderstood and judged her because he had an unhealthy love of money.
Judas spent three years in the very presence of Christ; he healed sick people, heard the teaching of Jesus daily, and yet never changed from being a thief. The love of money had gripped him so deeply that he was prepared to value Jesus at just 30 pieces of silver, while condemning a healed prostitute who valued Jesus with the most precious possession she had worth 300 denarii.
He acquired more and more money, but he never felt satisfied. In spite of this, he continued to pursue money until he realised that he had become so corrupted by it that he took his own life.
The love of money should never be underestimated. We can break the power that the love of money has over us by tithing and giving to God’s house.
Money itself is not evil. The love of money is evil. Whether or not a person has money doesn’t matter; there are many wealthy people who don’t idolise money, just as there are many poorer people who do.
Jesus told us that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 19:24). In Numbers, Balaam tried to use his prophetic gift to pronounce a curse on the people of God, for a handsome reward of money. Gehazi, Elisha’s servant had a love of money that led him to lie to Naaman who had been healed by Elisha, telling him that his master wanted payment for the miracle. When Elisha asked him where he had been, he lied again, saying he had been nowhere. However the prophet had ‘seen’ him receive the money from Naaman. The leprosy from Naaman came upon Ghazi. He walked away white as snow.
It’s clear that when the love of money takes root, it produces selfishness, deceit and ultimately evil.
At all costs let’s avoid being devoted to the dollar!
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