What/Who do we Love?

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Timothy 6:10).

This verse warns us about the seductive power of money. Furthermore, this temptation reaches across all cultures and time zones. It also reaches across history. At the core of our discipleship stands this vital principle: We should love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Luke 10:27). Anything we put before God becomes a stumbling block and an idol. The Bible commands the Christian to flee idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14).

Our growing attachment to money may grow almost unnoticed at first. We have to make a living and so we set out to better our situation. We find ways to improve our lifestyle and then discover new toys and pleasures. These might seem innocent enough, and rewards of hard work. That may be true enough, but remember they must not replace God.

We may have to ask ourselves some tough questions in order to determine if we’ve fallen in love with money and the spoils it brings:

  • Have we cooled off in our love for God?

  • Have the toys of this world taken over our life?

  • Do we miss church more often?

  • Do we pray and read the Bible as we once did?

  • Do we stress over material things?

God’s plan for our financial life asks us to reverse the normal order of things. Most people seek their well-being first; but Scripture says this:

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).

When we follow the world’s order, we run after the goods it produces. But any good the Christian should seek must come with the blessing of God. If not, it could take over our life.

Let’s look to our God as Lord of our financial world, and commit to not letting material things crowd out our love for Him. We will find Him more than able to meet all of our needs, and He adds no sorrow to it (Proverbs 10:22).

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