“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Timothy 6:10
By nature, I am a saver. I love to save meaningful items, clothes, papers, and money. As I grew up and acquired money, it would go directly to my piggy bank. I would save for something usually for months, then go buy something that was very important to me. I wish I could say the same about myself today. Today, I am so quick to spend money on myself. If I see something I want, I purchase without hesitation. If I look at my current bank statement, nine of my ten last purchases were on food. Some of these meals I shared with other people, but a lot of them were for my benefit. Someone might say, “Well, you have to eat.” Correct, I do have to eat. But I do not have to eat out every meal and spend excessive amounts of money on my food. What if I went grocery shopping with coupons and tried to spend the least amount of money possible? I have done this at different points in my life but haven’t been focusing on it lately.
The truth is if I was saving money on food that money could go somewhere else. It could go to the church. It could go to blessing a friend. It could be saved, so I could continue to avoid debt in the future. Referring to 1 Timothy 6:10 above, it says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Based on what I have spoken of so far, you may not say I am a lover of money, but my actions prove different! I love what money gets me. I love eating that food and planning out my meals. If I continue down that path, who knows where my heart could go! Money is a way we can worship. Is that something that is real in your life or is it a spot you haven’t given over to God yet?
I am continually learning about my heart and right now, I believe Jesus is continuing to prompt me to bring my finances to Him. Sometimes, I am uncomfortable with this. I had two jobs until recently. Quitting the second job caused my extra safety net of money to disappear. This is causing my dependence to be more on Jesus and less on being comfortable financially. Matthew 6:24 says, “You cannot serve both God and Money.” Do we love money? If we do, it could be our downfall.
- Do you depend on money more than you depend on Jesus?
- Where could you bless someone else financially?
- In what areas of your spending could you cut back, in order to give more back to God or to others?