Devotional: ‘Beware of the Obsession to Become Richer’   

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1 Timothy 6:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 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. 

Some Christians believe that it is wrong to make money. They think that anyone who has wealth is somehow sinful. Yet, as we will see in today’s study, it is not money itself that is the problem, it is the love of money that causes many to fall. 

In this passage, Paul warns us of three dangers that come from being obsessed with becoming richer –

1) AN OBSESSION WITH WEALTH CAN CAUSE US TO BECOME DRIVEN TO MAKE MORE

1 Timothy 6:9 But those who desire to be rich…

One of the great problems with pursuing wealth is that we never have enough. “Just a little bit more” is a way we often think. But if monetary gain becomes our primary goal in life, we can lose our focus on what’s really important. We can become so driven to make more money that we lose sight of our friends, our family, and most importantly, our faith in God. 

2) AN OBSESSION WITH WEALTH CAN CAUSE US TO DRIFT IN OUR FAITH

1 Timothy 6:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 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.

Note that he says that “some have strayed from the faith in their greediness…” Such people put so much effort into making money that they have little left to invest in their relationship with God.

3) AN OBSESSION WITH WEALTH CAN CAUSE US TO BECOME INDEPENDENT OF GOD

1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 

Note that they begin to ‘trust in uncertain riches’ rather than trusting in God. Their wealth and ability to obtain more wealth becomes their source of security. Even as I write this, my mind goes to a parable Jesus told –

Luke 12:16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Money is not the problem. It’s our obsession with money that is the problem. Whenever we begin to think that just a little bit more will make us a little bit happier, we have lost sight of what’s really important. Rather than becoming rich in this world, let’s strive to become rich in our relationship with God.

God bless you brethren.

* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New King James Version.

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