We have all heard sayings like, "Money can't buy happiness," "Money is the root of all evil (which is a misquote)," and "Money isn't everything," as if money is something negative to have. Money is neither good nor evil, it's an inanimate object. However, money can be used by people to bring about positive or negative outcomes. Figuratively speaking, money simply takes on the personality of it's holder. If the person is a giver, they'll use their money to fund different types of charities, random acts of kindness, and other charitable acts. If the person is greedy, the love of money will ultimately destroy their lives and their relationships. A consumer is more likely to use their money to fund a materialistic lifestyle rather than a savings account. At the end of the day, money doesn't change; it is a tool that is used by whomever has it their possession.
1 Timothy 6:10 says, "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." We can only serve either God or money, hate one and love the other, but not both (Matthew 6:24). Again, money isn't evil; but the PERSON that loves money has the potential of being drawn away from God. On the other hand, poor stewardship of money also draws us away from the work that God has called us to do. God didn't intend for us to live as slaves to debt, but rather to live free to fulfill the work of his ministry. Whether it's feeding the poor, providing clothing or shelter to the homeless, funding mission trips, etc., all of that takes money. According to Business Insider, Americans spend $49 billion on credit card interest each year. Imagine what the Kingdom of God could do with $49 billion a year! Whether it's used to fund credit card companies or the work of the Kingdom, money doesn't care either way; but we have the power to control that.
Matthew 6:21 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."What personality have you given your money? Does it display the personality of God, a consumer, philanthropist, hoarder, socialite, shoe, purse, gadget or video game addict? To those of you that are single, while you should not marry FOR money, it would be wise to determine if your potential mate uses money in a way that is pleasing to God. They should be a tither, hate debt, concerned about financial freedom, free to give, and free to live. Studies show that money fights are the #1 cause of divorce. Couples who fight about money once a week are 30% more likely to divorce than those who fight a few times a month. So while the actual amount of money each of you has may not matter, the mindset behind the tool should be similar.
Money may not be everything, but money placed into the right or wrong hands can quickly become a work of good or a work of evil. You give your money a personality simply by how you use it. So let's change the negative identity money has been given by being better stewards of the resource God has bestowed upon each of us. Instead of more money, more problems, let's make it more money, more problems solved in Jesus' name.
Change requires action!