Devotional: ‘God and Wealth’

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Some Christians believe that it is wrong to make money. They think that anyone who has wealth is somehow sinful. Yet we should note that money itself is not the problem. It is the obsession to obtain more and more money that causes some of us to commit evil. Note the words of Christ-

Matthew 6:19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also… 24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. ESV

Jesus actually made a play on words when He spoke these things. Literally He was saying – “Do not treasure your treasures.” In other words, do not make wealth or the things you can purchase with wealth the focal point of your life. Do not bow down and serve money.

It is wrong to let money become our god. It is wrong to trust in it as our source of security. It is wrong to believe that more money will somehow make us happier. It is wrong to let the pursuit of wealth become our number one priority in life. Why is it wrong to do this?

1) An Obsession for Wealth Can Cause Us to Drift Away From God

1 Timothy 6:9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. NLT

Note – Paul does not say that people who are rich are headed for destruction, but rather those who ‘long’ to be rich. Money itself is not evil. It is the ‘love of money’ that is the root of all evil. Paul tells us that those who long to be rich often lose their focus and eventually drift away from God.

2) Wealth Can Cause Us to Begin to Rely More Upon Our Wealth, Than Upon Our God

1 Timothy 6:17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. NLT

It is interesting to note that in Colossians 3:5, Paul actually tells us that greed is a form of idolatry. People who are obsessed with making money are actually bowing down at the shrine of the almighty dollar.

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