1 Timothy 6:10 AMP
For the love of money [that is, the greedy desire for it and the willingness to gain it unethically] is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves [through and through] with many sorrows.
In today’s world many of us equate prosperity and the blessing of God with having lots of money and this has led many down the wrong path in the quest to “look” blessed.
I love the writings of Paul because he is a man who had the opportunity to live in both worlds, a world of plenty and a world of lack and this is what he says;
1 Timothy 6:6 AMP
But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God].
Our contentment comes not from what we have but rather from the sufficiency of the God that we serve. It is resting in the knowledge and assurance that the God we serve is all sufficient and He is able to provide for you. It is resting in the knowledge that no matter what we see or have to walk through He has a good plan for our life.
The bible warns us that the love of money the greedy desire for it and the willingness to gain it unethically is the root of all evil. Money in itself is not evil but when we have such a love for it that we will do anything to get it then we invite evil into our lives.
Remember the rich young ruler in Mark 10? He was seeking for eternal life but he was so consumed with his riches that he was not willing to give them up to follow Christ.
Money is good and it has its place and use but it must always remain as a tool that we are so willing to release when God tells us to because it has not captured our hearts.
Jesus put it this way;.
Matthew 6:24 AMP
“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 mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord].
Serve the the Lord and let him have your heart and his blessing will flow in your life but love the blesser more than the blessing however that blessing manifests in your life.
Using the children of Israel as an example I like saying it this way
” If you don’t understand the use of the gold, you will build a golden calf and worship it!”
Have you reduced Gods blessing to having lots of money?
If you are like me or most people, you desire God to bless you with lots of money, what do you need the money for?
Like the rich young ruler would you find it difficult if God told you to sell everything and give to the poor and follow him?