Love of Money Will Not Satisfy

The person who loves money is willing to compromise their values and forfeit integrity for their own financial gain. This scenario is all too common in our society. We see it in friendships. We see it in marriage. We see it in the church. We definitely see it in business and in government. It's all around us! Some people love money, and they are willing to do just about anything, including hurting others, in order to obtain more of it. Love of money may seem harmless to the one who isn't concerned with loving God or their neighbor, but it has no place in the lives of those who consider themselves followers of Christ. The question that deserves consideration is, do you really love God or do you love money?

No one can serve two masters

One of the greatest challenges we are faced with in our society is one of priority. Instead of prioritizing the Lord above everything else, we have prioritized everything else above the Lord, especially money. The heart of the First Commandment (Exodus 20:3) is that we should prioritize God first in every aspect of our lives. This idea is further emphasized in Matthew 6:24... 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 money. In other words, if you want to serve God, you must be sure that you do not love money. Contrary to popular belief, money does not make the world go around - God does!

An important distinction to understand is that there is nothing sinful about acquiring money, as long as the actual work you are doing isn't sinful according to God's Word. Working faithfully to earn an honest income is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the idea of working for a living is God's idea (Genesis 2:15). It is specifically the love of money that will ultimately not satisfy a soul that exists to worship the Almighty God. God's Word declares in Ecclesiastes 5:10, He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. Only a love for God can satisfy our souls. Whenever we place something else above Him, we will always be disappointed. The love of money is an empty pursuit because material things have no eternal value.

Loving God changes the world

Additionally, love of money can lead to a lot of other problems. When it runs rampant, the foundation of the society can begin to crumble. Don't we see that happening in our society today? It seems obvious that a high percentage of people living in the U.S. care more about money than they do about God. Some critics might attribute this problem to the American Dream or the Pursuit of Happiness. But I would argue that the definition of the American Dream and the Pursuit of Happiness has changed over the span of almost 250 years. These ideals have evolved over time to invoke the idea of greed or a love of money, but they were originally related more closely to ideas like working hard to provide for one's family (1 Timothy 5:8). In a recent article, David French of National Review stated, John Locke, generations before, described the pursuit of happiness and took care to call it “true and solid happiness,” distinguishing it at length from instant gratification or the satisfaction of immediate desires. Regardless of the reasons so many Americans have such a strong love for money, we can agree that it is causing more issues than we can begin to count.

There is a solution for the problems caused by the love of money. His name is Jesus! We must put Him first! He cannot be second to money or anything else in our lives. He must be first! We must have a love for Him! This is the most effective way to change the US and the world - one soul at a time. It begins with salvation (deliverance from sin and its consequences, by God's grace, through Jesus) and it continues with sanctification (conformity of our lives to the will of God). It begins with one person, which then multiplies into a lot more people obeying Jesus and engaging the culture to His glory. Before too long, the world begins to change because enough people sincerely love God instead of money. Maybe that sounds overly optimistic considering the current state of the world, but we should be reminded of God's Word in 2 Chronicles 7:14... If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. So the question remains, who or what do you love?

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