1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV): For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
I remember when I was a poor seminary student we would rip napkins in two so that our supply of napkins would last longer. We looked forward to our once a month trip to Braum’s where my family would get hamburgers and ice cream. Of course, I actually didn’t order anything myself because I knew that my children wouldn’t finish their food. Daddy would have plenty from their leftovers.
Oh how times have changed. Over the last decades my income has grown. It is so easy to get caught up in money and acquiring the things that money can buy.
Money can be down right distracting from my relationship with God. Having lots of it can be such a security. Having stuff can make me comfortable. What is not to love?
Well, that seems to be the issue that Paul was writing to Timothy about. If I start focusing in on having money I can lose my focus on trusting God. According to the above verse, I run the risk of piercing myself with many griefs. That doesn’t sound like a good thing at all.
So, what is the solution?
Well, for me, there are two principles that I want to live by. First, I need to understand that God owns it all. That’s right. I don’t own any of the stuff. I don’t own any money in my bank account. I don’t own the deposits each month either.
If I can embrace that principle, then I can embrace a Godly role and responsibility that God has given me. I am a steward. As I understand that God owns it all, I can be His steward to take care of and maintain His possessions. I therefore can give my tithes and offerings with freedom and joy. It isn’t mine anyway. What is amazing is that I am blessed to enjoy what God owns and what I steward.
Prayer: Father, You own it all. I don’t. Your words encourage me. I don’t want to ever love money. I feel blessed with what You have placed in my care. May I take seriously being Your steward. May I be content with Your blessings.