Wednesday, 30 October 2013

MONEY: ROOT OF EVIL OR ANSWER TO ALL THINGS

TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 6:10, ECCLESIASTES 10:19b
“For the love of money is the root of all evil”. (1 Timothy 6: 10). “But money answereth all things.” (Ecclesiastes 10:19b). We solve many problems with money; we can do many things with money. Money can be used to meet our daily needs; we can transact business globally with the help of money (unlike trade by barter that can be done locally).
What is money? It is a means of exchange; it is a means for someone to trade what he has for what he wants.  In the early days; there was no money, so people get what they needed by looking for somebody that can exchange things with them. This method is known as trade by barter. You trade what you have with somebody that needs it, in exchange for what you need. One of the problems with this method is that you may find it difficult to be able to exchange what you need successfully. For example if you want a new pair of shoes, and you want to trade your trouser to get the shoes, you may have problem in seeing someone that his needs tallies with what you are trading. What you want to trade may not be what the person wanted, so you have to keep searching for who needs what you want to trade, and have what you wanted. The introduction of money makes our lives much better and the economy becomes more efficient, easy and interesting. That is why the book of Ecclesiastes 10:19 says money answers all things, you can get yourself all you need for daily living. Can we still say money is the root of all evil? No, because the scripture made it crystal clear that sin is the root of all evil (Matthew 15:19). What you have in your heart will reflect in your action, and it becomes your character. Before any evil can be done; it would have been conceived in the heart. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil and not money itself. When you occupy your heart with the love of money, instead of loving God and your neighbour (The greatest commandment) you have definitely committed sin against God, for He said you should love Him with all your heart, soul and spirit (Matthew 22:37-38).
Having money to do all things is not evil, but when money begins to control you; that is when there is problem, because you won’t see anything wrong in doing bad things to get money. Your heart will be occupied with means of getting money, either by “clean” or “unclean” means. Greed and lack of fear of God has made people to do evil things in their quest for money. Why blaming money when greed made people to indulge in unthinkable things for money? When David killed Uriah because of his beautiful wife in 2 Samuel 11, can we blame the woman for being beautiful, or can anybody blame the man for marrying a beautiful wife? No! The blame goes to David for allowing lust, greed and evil thought to dwell in his heart. Do not get hypnotised with money to the extent of allowing it to rule over your thinking faculty.

THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, WHILE MONEY IS THE MEANS OF EXCHANGE AND ANSWER TO ALL THINGS.

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