Do you wake up in the morning thinking about money? Is your conversation about having more money? If your mind is on your money and your money is on your mind, possibly money is your idol. What consumes your mind controls your thoughts.
The word “mammon” used in the Bible is translated as “money, wealth, and material possessions.” Mammon carries a negative connotation sometimes used to describe lust, greed, glutton, and dishonest gain. Those who desire to be rich, who have “the love of money” and the lust for it, are the ones who are lead into temptation and are trapped into many foolish desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. Some who are eager for money have wandered from the faith and have pierced themselves with many griefs; (1st Tim. 6:9-10). Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income; (Eccl. 5:10). It doesn’t matter how much time or effort is spent chasing after money, the lust for it can never be satisfied.
Sin is the root of all evil in the world, and “the love of money is a root” to all kinds of evil. The love of money motivates people to lie, steal, cheat, gamble, embezzle, and even murder. These signs reveal that we are totally out of balance in our thinking and our actions. Riches are considered deceitful because they often seduce the soul from God. We should never allow ourselves to be drawn away by the deceitfulness of riches, believing that we’re going to be fulfilled or content if we have more of what we’re lusting to have. The truth is, satan wants us chasing things that can never satisfy us. He wants us chasing after things that can never satisfy us. Things that distract us from seeking God’s will for our lives.
Our time should not be used seeking material wealth, instead we should be seeking God, who is the Source of all things. Only God can satisfy a thirsty heart in search of satisfaction. A person’s life does not consist of an over-abundance of the things owned; (Luke 12:15). We must never put our trust in things, or rely on our wealth to secure our future. There are somethings that money cannot buy; such as good health, love, time, and peace.
“Are you always working but never have enough? Are you robbing Peter to pay Paul?”
If you answered “yes”, please make note “the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:27 tells us, “if you lack the means to pay your very bed will be snatched from under you.” A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished; (Prov. 10:16; 23:4-5).
In the parable of the “Rich Young Man” Jesus informed this young man that out of all the commandments that he claimed to have kept, he lacked in giving to the poor. Jesus told him to go and sell his possessions and give to the poor, and he would have treasures in heaven. This statement caused the young man’s countenance to fall. He had a wrong relationship with wealth. Jesus informed him that, “it was hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”; (Matt. 19:16-24). The rich have wrongly placed their security in their possessions.
Jesus knew that covetousness was the sin which most easily beset this young man; though he had honestly gained his possessions, he could not cheerfully part with them. After the young man heard his options, he did not answer Jesus; he walked away sad because he had great wealth. That day Christ set forth an example of true charity to this young man and to us. A man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart.
Though it is not wrong to be financially stable, becoming out of balance because of a lust for mammon will definitely lead you down a wrong road, and cause you to become unfruitful; (Mark 4:19). Continue Page 2