1 Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 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.”
Money can change us.
If we have it, money can cloud our judgment for its right usage in our life. If we don’t, it can cause us to do things that are not normally a part of our character. It may cause us to bend in our integrity and morality. In its extreme, it has caused many to becomes thieves and murderers.
Oh, how our hearts are so easily deceived regarding this thing called money!
Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Christmas in America has gone much too far into the commercial. We begin thinking of Christmas with ‘Black Friday’; a day dedicated to shopping and end on Christmas Day; a day set aside for the celebration of the birth of God’s Son. Yet, amidst the wrapping paper, the food and the football, we seem to have forgotten the real reason for the season.
Our hearts have strayed from the true meaning of Christmas. We’ve tried to erase Christ from this holiday by saying things like; “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Xmas”.
It is not just the season of Christmas. Throughout the year, we allow the pursuit of money to overtake our seeking Him. Jesus taught the disciples about money. Jesus proved to them that God would truly supply what was needed.
Matthew 17:24-27 “And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”
We are assured:
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
As a child of the King, I am promised that I will not lack for those things I need. It is only when you and I confuse our needs with our wants that we have difficulty.
I thought I had needed a car. Yet, in taking alternate transportation, I was given multiple opportunities to witness to people I would have otherwise never met. Sickness sidelined me from work. In that recovery time, I reconnected with my God through intimate devotion time that revived my spirit. Financial difficulty came and I found that God met my every need.
When you and I view money for what God intended – a tool; we can set our hearts on what truly matters; the treasure of a close, intimate walk with God! We must take earnest heed to what God tells us.
Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
Psalm 62:10 “Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.”
Let it be the relationship with God and the people in our life that become the true treasure.