WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV
The 80-year-old had married a beautiful 28-year-old-woman. He often wondered if she had married him just for his money. One night as they sat in front of the fireplace in their large, elaborate home, the husband turned to his wife and asked, “If I lost all my money, would you still love me?” Without hesitation his adoring wife answered, “Why yes, darlin’ and I would really miss you, too!”
Years ago in a book called The Day America Told the Truth, the author asked the question, “What would you be willing to do for $10 million?” The survey results found 1 of 4 respondents would abandon their entire family, 16 percent noted they would leave their spouse 7 percent would kill a stranger, and 3 percent confided they would put their children up for adoption. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” Apparently, Paul was right, some will do almost anything for money.
The love of money mentioned in Hebrews 13:5 is the kind that shapes your character. When we have an ungodly love for money it can lead us to make destructive choices. If we’re not careful we could end up loving money and using people instead of loving people and using money. Pastor Mike mentioned Sunday one of the best ways to combat the love of money is by being generous and giving lavishly. If you reflect on your recent generosity what does it say about your love of money? Ask God to help you have His perspective on money.