In life I’m sure you have discovered that there are people who are willing to betray and kill for money; there are some who are willing to sell their bodies sexually for money; there are some who are willing to destroy businesses and economies for the love of money; some would envy others who have money
In fact, if you think about it, there are some people who are willing to do ANYTHING no matter how bad or sinful if it means that they will receive money for it.
1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Paul does not say that money in itself is evil. However he says that the LOVE OF MONEY is the ROOT of ALL KINDS OF EVIL.
Anything that you love or desire MORE than God becomes your idol. God knows that we need money to transact but He does not desire that we put the love of money above the love of God. Jesus said that “we cannot serve God and mammon (money)” because “for either (we) will hate the one and love the other, or else (we) will be loyal to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24).
The love of money can lead you to betray God on many levels.
Matthew 26:14-16 NKJV
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples of Jesus, betrayed Jesus for money.
The deception of money is that we can be made to incorrectly believe that money or riches can provide EVERYTHING from power, to social, spiritual and material needs.
The deception of money is that it is able to deceive you into believing that it is just like God in terms of supply and the provisions of human needs.
Now am I saying that you shouldn’t desire a good salary and a good life? Of course not. YOU SHOULD NEVER DESIRE TO BE POOR.
However, what is your attitude towards money? Do you have the attitude that money is your source? Or do you have the attitude that GOD is your source? Also are you happy and content with what God has given you at a particular time in your life?
1 Timothy 6:6-9 NKJV
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Therefore be careful not to fall into the temptations, lusts and deception that come with the love of money or with the desire to become rich.
Money can become so useless in its importance that when we were born, it was God and not money who brought us into the world. Even when we die, we will not carry any money with us.
Luke 12:15-21 NKJV
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”