But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Many of us underestimate the dominant force that money possesses. It is strong and powerful, capable of capturing our affection and attention. In our quest to develop generous hearts, we have to be aware of what money does to us and how it influences our hearts and eyes.
We can’t ignore the war taking place for our heart’s allegiance, with one of the major battlegrounds being our money and possessions. Our possessions aren’t bad; we just need to possess a proper perspective on them.
Scriptures warn us time and time again about the love of money. Placing our hope in riches fuels arrogance and breeds independence. The more we depend on something, the more focused and obsessed we become about it.
As a result, we lose sight of the source of our provision and forget that we are renters, rather than owners, of our “stuff.” Stewardship is being trusted with what we do not own.
Our relationship with the owner (God) will determine how we see everything we own. We keep from falling in love with lesser things by having an absolute commitment to the thing that is worthy of our affection.
Stewardship governs generosity and contentment. We need reminders that everything belongs to God and is given to us as provision for His purposes.
- What does your money do to you? Why do you react to money in this way?
God, I pray I won’t fall for the illusion of security, control, and purpose money provides. Remind me time and time again that You are the ultimate source of my provision. Let me be a good steward of my resources and utilize what I have at my disposal to love and serve others. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.