1 Timothy 6: The Love of Money
Timothy must have been a pastor of a rather wealthy church because in 1 Timothy 6, Paul gives some of the most famous advice concerning money ever given.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Money is not the root of all evil as we have heard a million times; the love of money is the root of all evil. The differentiation is rather clear. It is the attitude we take towards the money that is the problem. It is possible to be rich and follow Christ, but later in the chapter, Paul goes on to outline some things that the rich need to remain particularly careful about.
1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Those who were wealthy needed to be careful that they did not put their trust in their money. God has given us all things to enjoy, and that includes money naturally. I don’t think that God minds when we use the money that He has allowed us to have, but we need to make sure that it does not become what we put our trust in. The wealthy are particularly susceptible to this type of temptation because we do live in a world where money is a big deal. In a world dominated by talks about financial security, it is easy to become wrapped up in our bank accounts.
That’s where we need to be countercultural. I’m not saying that we need to take a vow of poverty. I am saying that we need to live lives that are about a lot more than money. There are many things that we can trust, and if we are not trusting God, then we are simply wrong. Money is no substitute.