ESOCS Devotional 24 February 2023
TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 6:9-12
MEMORY VERSE: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”1 Timothy 6:10
So many people, and unfortunately, Christians too, misunderstand and misinterpret this Paul’s message. First, it is not money that is evil, but the materialistic heart that is obsessed with acquiring it. (Deuteronomy 16:19-20). Again, it is not the money, but the way the money is made, the source, loving money more than the Giver of it – God; money taking one’s whole priority over God has consequences.
Some of the brethren in Ephesus had already strayed from the faith because of their desire to become rich. In their desire to become rich, they cut their relationships with friends, family, church, and above all, God – the giver of all good things of which wealth is one.
The snare into which the love of money leads one is that the brother believes that if he surrounds himself with wealth, he will be happy (Proverbs 15:27). But the thirst for financial affluence makes one spiritually bankrupt. Spirituality in God’s way is the main source of peace, happiness and security.
How can we overcome the love of money? From Paul’s guidelines, first, realize that one day, riches will all be gone. Secondly, be satisfied with what you have. Thirdly, love God and His work more than money. Place God above all things.
It is not wrong to make wealth or to possess things of this world, but we should not allow the possessions of this world to possess us.
- The urge to make money is making many give it priority over God.
- Dear Holy Spirit, give us the ability to resist the urge to love riches more than God.
FURTHER READING: Proverbs 30:7-9; Ecclesiastics 5:10; James 5:1-5
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