The Love of Money

G.K. Chesteron said something to the effect; "You may debate if Jesus created faries but you can't debate what He says about the plight of the rich man."

Jesus was homeless and even though people gave to his ministry, he kept none of it for himself and relied completely on the hospitality of others.

Mother Teressa lived a life of complete personal sacrifice, giving herself to the work of the lord her entire life.

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien both gave over half of their incomes to charities and lived extremely modest lives. They both felt their works and their lives had to reflect their love for God.

Ecclesiastes 5:10
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.

Matthew 6:24
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

1 Timothy 3:2-4
2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.

1 Timothy 6:10
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.

2 Timothy 3:2
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

I have seen what the love of money can do to people, good God fearing people. I know some say we as Christians are supposed to prosper and show the grace of the Lord by the favor He shows us. As with everything else in scripture, the prosperity teaching has to be balanced by the life of Christ and all the other teachings about living a life of sacrifice. Balance, balance, balance. I think our whole life is about keeping the balance, "study to show yourself approved". I know great wealthy people who do great things for God with their money. I believe God does bless people financially, some more then others for whatever reason. I can't and will not judge someone else by how rich they are, but we all will be judged by how much we did for the poor (Matthew 25: 31-46) and Jesus didn't send out warning after warning in scripture concerning the love of money for nothing. If he didn't feel in was going to be a problem for godly men he wouldn't have give us 1 Tim. 3:2-4. Everyday I get more and more convicted about what I keep and what I don't give away. My love of clothes at times has put me in a place of loving money more then God. We didn't give or tithe consistantly for several years and we lived in debt ridden stress because I didn't trust God to take care of us, I loved and trusted money more and it failed me. Even the pay-check to pay-check people like Dean and I can love money more then God. I'd love to say I have been delivered from that but I haven't. I think it is something we will and should always battle as fallen man. When I get to Heaven I will no longer have to battle the fleshly desire to want more but until then I have THE sourse, Gods word, prayer and a gentle hand guiding me to balance, balance, balance.

My convictions are my own and I lay them out here for all to see,
that I may live truly free.


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