It’s the root of all evil, right?
Nope it’s not; but allowing money to control you is.
There is nothing wrong with money… money allows us to purchase groceries for our family… it allows us to pay rent or pay a mortgage so we have a roof over our heads… it allows us to purchase transportation… Money is not wrong…but if not controls your life then it’s wrong.
I’ve known people who love making money. There is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with a person working hard and making honest money. Money becomes wrong if we worship it.
On one occasion a young man approached Jesus and asked what he must do to have eternal life?
Jesus replied to him, to keep the commandments.
The young man said he had done that.
Jesus then said, “There is one thing you lack; go and sell your possessions and give the money to the poor.”
When the young man heard this, the Bible says “…his face fell and he went away sad because he had many possessions..”
“His face fell..” meaning, he was sad. Jesus had told him to sell all his possessions and that made him sad. His possessions were controlling him. He worshiped them.
Money and possessions can do that to a person. This is why Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters… you cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24).
So, again… there is nothing wrong with making money… nothing wrong with working hard… nothing wrong with having nice things as long as they don’t control us. If they do, then they have become our god.
Money is not the root of all evil… but loving money can be. Work hard and be wise with money but don’t let it become your god.