By: Barry G. Allen- President & CEO
We all want more of what we love. It’s a universal principle. It applies to every living person.
Another universal principle is what we love most we have the most fear of losing. And, since we love the things of this world, we naturally want more of them and we fear the loss of them because we find security in them. Chuck Bentley correctly describes this human circumstance as one of Satan’s favorite schemes.
This is a spiritual battle that requires each of us to make a profound decision. Jesus summed up this decision in 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.” Here Jesus warns us money is a power unto itself not because of what it can do but because of what it can become, namely, a personal master, just as God can. By loving and becoming devoted to money we attach ourselves to the ultimate fate of money. In Matthew 6:21 Jesus stated plainly, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Jesus understood the power of materialism in our lives.
The Apostle Paul added his warning in 1 Timothy 6:9-10,” People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil….” I think J. C. Ryle’s observation is instructive at this point: “It is possible to love money without having it, and it is possible to have it without loving it.”
Therefore, do not love money, for to do so is to be condemned to follow it in its ultimate destruction, disappearance, annihilation and death. Instead, “… be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
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