For many years as a child, I would hear adults misquote 1 Timothy 6:10. Anytime someone broached the subject of Money, the misguided quote would come flying out of their mouths. “Money is the root of all evil.”
That’s not only a misquote, but it makes no feasible sense. Could you imagine everyone in the world being poor? Money and wealth are not the problems, rather the love of money, which in itself replaces the person’s faith in God with the false pretense of what their riches can ultimately do for them.
1 Timothy 6:17 Jesus commands those who are rich not to be haughty, nor to trust in their uncertain riches, but to believe in the living God who gives us richly all things to enjoy. He goes on to further admonish the rich to do good works, be ready to give, and to share; so that they can store up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come.
Money is an inordinate object and has no life until it is used or misused by the owner. It also is controlled by the government and is worth what Uncle Sam says it’s worth. That’s why Money’s value fluctuates from one geographic location to another. Money is also mentioned countless times in the Bible, and Jesus spoke about Money roughly 15% of the time during his preaching. Not because Jesus was obsessed with Money, but because he knew in the wrong hands it has the ability to destroy, to be worshipped as a god, and because when it all comes down to it, it’s a matter of the heart for many. The love of Money and greed is the reason people murder, steal, violate their family, abandon their children, and even denounce GOD himself by replacing him with the “love of money”.
The love of Money also ignites pride and arrogance. It has the ability to deceive even the most distinguished men and women into thinking that their Money can buy anything they want, even people. The love and misuse of Money are so powerful that its seducing influence can fool even Kings and Queens into thinking there is no Heaven or Hell for them to reside in.
So does the abundance of Money speak to who you are at the core? Yes, it does! It’s easy enough to recognize, and the more Money a person has, the easier it is to distinguish who they are at the core.
Knowing who a person is at the core is determined not by what they say rather by what they don’t say. Listen closely to people of means. The more they talk about themselves, their Money, homes, cars, diamonds, servants, opulence, affluence, and deep pockets, the more they connect with what they love the most, their money.
On the other hand, those who hide their means would prefer to avoid the limelight while secretly giving to the poor (which, in essence, is lending to the Lord). These people understand the actual vulnerability of Money and its origin. Let’s be clear, you can certainly be quiet with your Money and still love Money and its power, but most of the time, quiet Money doesn’t seek to build a kingdom for itself, and understands that Money can be fleeting when it is abused, and certainly when used as a god.
The love of Money doesn’t really change people; it simply illuminates what’s already there. So if your core is rotten, it gets worse when you get Money. The love of money isn’t something that can be hidden; it is exuded by the craving for greatness, higher than the highest GOD, and is unwilling to acknowledge that their accumulation of wealth can be transient and short-lived. Even worse, their love of Money can destroy them and the unsuspecting victims they take along with them.
1 Timothy 6:10- For the love of money, is the root of all of evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
This is how you recognize who you are at the core, with or without wealth. Identifying who your first love is and your willingness to balance money, life, and human kindness. Money without true prosperity (which is caring about more than yourself and being in control of your emotions) is like a wave of the sea; Its power is undeniable yet deadly when overtaken by the surf and aimless wind.