What are you seeking?
“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.” 1 Timothy 6:10
You’ve probably heard this scripture quoted before. You’ve probably even heard it misquoted before either in the church or in the secular world. It has been misquoted to say, “money is the root of all evil.” However, that’s not what it says at all. It says loving money is the root of all evil. That in itself is a pretty serious quote. I mean money is an essential in life and necessary for existence. Without it, we cannot buy food, we cannot buy clothes, and we cannot buy a place to live. So how can it be the root of all evil?
The context of this scripture gives us insight into what the verse is actually saying. It seems that there were people in the church that thought godliness was a means of gaining wealth. Paul contrasts this idea with the truth of “godliness + contentment = true great gain.” Other translations actually say great wealth. Paul says if we have food and clothes, we can be content.
Now we know that money in itself is not evil. It is an object and cannot force or persuade anyone in any direction. Money takes on the personality of its owner. Money can be used for good and is needed to ensure kingdom of heaven progress, so to have wealth or money is not evil and can and should be used for many godly purposes.
In contrast, this scripture says the pursuit of money over God is where all evil come from. It is the desire for wealth, power and fame that brings a person to run after money. Selfish ambition is the root of loving money. Money is deceptive and even Judas who walked everyday with Jesus and served in His ministry was let away by his love of money.
The solution? It’s to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness then He adds the things to you that you need to accomplish your mission in life. (Matthew 6:33) Rather than being money minded, the safer place to be is mission minded. Keep your heart and thoughts fixed on God and His mission for your life. Let that be the security that keeps you from growing the evil root of loving money.
Today I want to encourage you to think about what you are seeking in life. Is it wealth and riches? Is it the security that the idea of riches brings or are you seeking God’s kingdom first in all things and all areas in life? If you do identify any root of evil that the enemy has tried to plant in your heart through a preoccupation of money, pull it out today and surrender all that you have over to the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus. When you seek His kingdom and righteousness first, you will have everything you need to complete all that He has called you to do. He will take better care of you than you ever could on your own.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 6:9-10