For the Love of Money
I read somewhere that the verse, 1 Timothy 6:10, is one of the most misquoted verses from the bible. It goes like this:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from faith and pierced themselves with griefs.” (NIV)
People misinterpret this verse and assume that money is the root of all evil. But money’s just a thing. It’s the person’s attitude toward money that’s the problem. And I get it. Nearly 13 years ago, my family was destroyed over money.
It all stemmed from an inheritance and disagreements over who was to receive it and how much. Hurtful words were spoken and it ruined my family’s dynamic from thereon in. I have several family members that no longer speak to one another. My mother is in constant pain over the events and it hurts me to see her suffer over a situation for which she had no control. It’s something that I don’t think I will ever get over and I mourn the loss of my “happier” life.
I was asked why I thought money is so important to God and had to think on it a bit. I don’t think that money is what is important to God because money is a thing. I think He cares about your actions and intentions. Matthew 6:24 says that “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” So bottom line is, if you focus on money, you’re not focusing on Him.
Looking back at everything that happened, it is clear that God was there with everyone. We just didn’t see Him at the time. I know He hurt with us – all of us, no matter our opinions of how it all should have happened. Had we just stopped and listened or prayed…how different would our lives be today? One little decision over money caused us to lose focus.