Temptation #1 – Money
Lie: Your fulfillment in life is tied to how much you have.
Truth: 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. – 1 Timothy 6:10
There is nothing inherently wrong with money. In fact, money is neutral. Yet there seems to be extreme views about money in Christian circles. The pendulum swings from God wants everyone to be rich...to poverty is a sign of your holiness. Neither one of these are true exclusively. Let me be clear, God has no issue with you having money. The problem comes when money has you. This is the root of the temptation.
When the love of money overtakes you, it is amazing what men will do in the pursuit of wealth. Men will sacrifice their family, their ministry, their friendships, their time with the Lord, even their calling.
You probably know some of these men (hopefully you are not one of them). They have believed the lie that their fulfillment in life is tied to how much they have. If I could just get more…then I will be happy.
Another deception that is often used to cover up the love of money is: when I have more, I will then do more and help more people. Why is this a deception? Simply put, if you’re not helping people now and doing more now, you won’t do it if you have more money.
I don’t know who is the originator of this quote, but it says, “money makes you more of what you already are.”
Don’t believe the lie that having more money will make you more satisfied, more complete, more generous, or even happier—because it won’t. You may end up with more things or more stuff, but that doesn’t equate to more contentment...so be careful.
The most important question to ask in your pursuit of riches is: what is it costing you? As Paul told Timothy, the love of money cost some people their faith. Ecclesiastes 5:10 says:
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
So guard your heart against the deceitfulness of wealth. Learn to be content in whatever circumstance you are in. This doesn’t mean you don’t strive to improve or better yourself because you should. It just means you don’t tie your total satisfaction and enjoyment in life to your financial situation.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have… – Hebrews 13:5
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