E100 Devotion – Day 87July 31, 2012
Reading: 1Timothy 6:3-21
Paul told Timothy that Biblical error is driven by greed and pride. It’s very tempting to attach our identity and trust to money or wealth. We can feel superior to others because we have more wealth or we can judge others for thinking that they’re superior to us because of their wealth, when perhaps they don’t think that.
Money can certainly divide people if they don’t have a Biblical perspective. The Pharisees and Sadducees had falsely taught that people had wealth because they were righteous and the more wealth you had, the more righteous you were than others. They believed people were poor because they were all unrighteous. Their wealth and status made them self-righteous, prejudiced and greedy lovers of money.
Paul said that the love of money was the root of all evil. He did not say “Money was the root of all evil”, as we often her it misquoted. The word love used here in the Greek means to be covetous and literally covet silver. It means that having and getting money becomes your guidance mechanism and purpose in life.
Some were pursuing ministry for the sole purpose of personal financial gain. Make no mistake about it, if your motives about money are driven by pride and greed, you’re in for some real disappointment and trouble regardless of your field of endeavor. Whom the Lord loves, He corrects. We must remember the ending of those who He did correct like the rich young ruler, Judas, and Ananias and Sapphira – to name a few.
One thing is for sure, we’ll all be tested. All true disciples will be sent without money to fulfill their ministry and purpose, while others wait to obey until they have the money before doing ministry. Jesus sent His disciples out without money knowing they needed to learn to trust God not mammon (money). Many are called and few are chosen. Don’t wait for money or benefit to obey God, put your purpose and ministry first and the money will follow in its right order.
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