Effective Stewardship – Month #11
Money can be a blessing or a curse,
depending on our attitude towards it.
“For the love of money is a root
of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim. 6:10).
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim. 6:10).
How would people describe you? Are you one who “loves” money? Is your life marked by a continual inordinate concern about and striving for money? If so, then perhaps you are one who truly “loves” money.
Money is neutral. It is neither good nor bad. What matters is our attitude towards it. If we view it as a means to an end, a means of exchange, and something God can use in our lives to bring glory to Himself, then we probably do not love money.
On the other hand, if we are always wanting more and more money, if we will do just about anything to obtain it, and if we think about money more than anything or anyone else, we likely are guilty of loving money. In that situation, it has become a “god” to us, and we bow at its altar in continuing service in order to obtain more of it.
If you are determined to get rich, no matter what, before you continue that lifestyle, read Paul’s admonition to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:9-10. Consider Solomon’s counsel in Proverbs 11:28 and Ecclesiastes 5:10-11.
And think about the words of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 6:24, who said, “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
Or as Jesus would say, “Let anyone with ears listen.”