Read: 1 Tim. 6:6-10
The Bible doesn’t say “The lack of money is the root of all evil” or “Money is the root of all evil.” But it says, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). The problem is not in having money but in the attitude you have towards money. The proper and judicious use of your assets begins with the proper attitude.
G. Campbell Morgan says, “Love of money. Perhaps the word which best conveys the thought is the word avarice. ‘Love of money’ hoards and holds. It is indeed a root of all evil. It dries up the springs of compassion in the soul. It lowers the whole standard of morality. It is the inspiration of all the basest things, even covetousness; for if there may be covetousness without love of money, there is never love of money without covetousness. Avarice is often created by prosperity and the consequent possession of money. It is often powerfully present in the lives of those who are devoid of wealth. It is wholly material, the result of a wrong conception of life, due to forgetfulness of the fact that ‘one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses’ (Luke 12:15).”
God wants you to be rich – rich in inner worth, character, spiritual maturity, doing good to others. 1 Tim. 6:11 says, “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” A person may possess vast earthly treasures and riches, yet be a pauper according to God’s standard of eternity. Jesus Himself said, “You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24). Loving God or loving money – you cannot afford to make the wrong choice.