“Anyone who tells you money is the root of all evil, is a jealous punk who can’t keep any. The dollar should be the first thing you’re thinking about, when you wake in the morning. If it’s not, you might as well be in the grave, because you aren’t really living unless you’re chasing paper.”
That’s the lie, many of us grow up believing. Money is power; power brings happiness. But here’s my question: if that’s real, then why are there so many unhappy filthy-rich people in the world? Suicide is rampant among the rich and so called powerful. That’s fact. Now listen to truth.
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” That’s the Apostle Paul speaking in Hebrews 13:5 (ESV), about the Lord Jesus. See, Jesus knew exactly how money would affect us. He knew its condemning power over our lives. He warned us to be happy with our own stuff and to trust in Him to supply for our needs. Its dangerous to have an eye for someone else’s junk; even more dangerous to covet money in order to get that stuff.
Coveting money puts God beneath a man-made idol. How can we expect Him to provide for our needs, when we’re too busy believing in Washington, Franklin and Hamilton? Trust in God first, and count on Him to take care of your needs. Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame and fortune, only to lose your soul, at the end of life. After all, we can’t take things with us, in the end. No one ever saw a safe travelling behind a hearse, on the way to the graveyard.