Tiny children are often fascinated with money because it is shiny and small enough to go into their mouth. Then, kids reach the point when they understand that money has the power to buy things. That is a new reason for them to like money. Later, in their teenage years their thinking can be dominated by a desire to possess money in order to impress others or to buy things that dad and mom won’t buy for them. As adults, well, a lot of adults are still fond of money.
Money, in and of itself, possesses no moral qualities. Money is neither righteous nor unrighteous. Money is an inanimate object, a means or tool to help humans obtain something else. It is one’s attitude toward money or riches that counts. In order to help us keep a handle on our attitude, we offer the following six truthful statements about money. May they serve as a reminder and/or warning to all of us.
(1) Money cannot buy love. Way back in the 1960’s the Beatles were singing, "I don’t care too much for money, ‘cause money can’t buy me love." It was true then, and it is still true now. Money may impress folks and attract them to a money-possessing person, but money cannot buy genuine love. Young people, are you listening?
(2) Money doesn’t grow on trees. How many times did we hear our parents tell us that when we wanted something that we could not afford? Because it is true that money does not grow on trees, and we cannot have it at the snap of our finger, then we need to be good stewards with the funds that God has placed in our hands (1 Corinthians 4:2). Our Lord says, "Owe no man anything" (Romans 13:8). Christians ought not to use credit cards to the extent that they get themselves into debt that they cannot pay off.
(3) Money is not the root of all evil, but the love of money is (1 Timothy 6:10). The love of money is covetousness, and covetousness is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Such a love affair with material riches has ruined friendships, marriages, and even congregations. How sad.
(4) Money never has and never will save a soul. Money can be used to help support the preaching of the gospel (2 Corinthians 11:8,9). It is also an instrument that assists us in edifying the faithful, but still, money cannot save souls.
(5) Money will not accompany us when we leave this world. Regardless of how much money one has, the money stays behind – you can’t take it with you. "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out" (1 Timothy 6:7).
(6) Money is not success, and success is not possessing money. Oh, if we could only help folks, including ourselves, see this point! Some rich people will go to hell. And, some poor folks will go to heaven. One’s eternal destiny is not determined by his/her financial status. You want success, you say? Then listen carefully to what the Lord once told Joshua: "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success" (Joshua 1:8). THAT is true success.
Let each of us resolve to accept the truth about money, and in the process beware of "the deceitfulness of riches" (Mark 4:19).
By Roger D. Campbell
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