The daily news is replete with stories of people who have stolen, embezzled, committed fraud or even murder to gain wealth.
But using money for evil gain rarely leads to contentment. Instead, it often leads to ruin and destruction (1 Timothy 6:9). When we use money for evil purposes, other people often end up as collateral damage.
In May, a man was charged with killing his mother during a fishing trip off the coast of New England for a multimillion-dollar inheritance. A man in British Columbia, Canada, was recently found guilty of embezzling more than $460,000 from the government over six years while he was working at a foster care ministry. And a woman in South Africa was found guilty last year of killing six people for life insurance payouts.
1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” But money in and of itself is neutral.
It is a tool that can be used for either good or evil. The trouble, though, lies when we allow money to master us rather than us master money.
When we love money for money’s sake, it can begin to control all our decision-making, and eventually, it can lead to idolatry.
Our devotion to it can motivate us toward greed, pride, envy, lying and other sins.
Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)
In the Parable of the Rich Young Ruler, when challenged by Jesus, the young man was unable to bring himself to sell all his possessions to give to the poor in order to inherit eternal life. He was unable to obey the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3). His wealth had become his master.
We come into this world with nothing and we can take nothing out of it. Therefore, everything that we have is a provision and blessing from God that we are to steward well. When we view money in this way, we are more likely to be content in life.
Our relationship with money starts from an early age. So, it’s important to start children off in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). Compass’ Give, Save & Spend study is designed for the youth and young adults. You can find study resources right here: https://compass1.org/compass-tools/give-save-spend-study-chapters/.
But even as adults, it’s not too late to change how we view money. And the Building Your Finances God’s Way financial discipleship study will show you how. Register for one of the six studies currently available right here: https://compass1.org/online-small-groups-studies/.
How we view money not only has an impact on our relationship with God but also on our relationships with others.
Money can be used for evil, but it can also be used for good. It can be used to tear others down or build them up.
How will you use the money God has entrusted you with this week?
The choice is yours.
Yours in His Service,
Founding Member, Compass Australia
Before being called into ministry, Gwenda was a CPA and worked as a management accountant for an engineering company for three years. In 2017, she graduated with a Master of Divinity from Malyon Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, and served as a chaplain at residential aged care community Carinity Clifford House for two years. Gwenda has served on the ministry since 2015 and is a member of the Compass Australia board and associate pastor for Connect Groups and Teaching at North-East Baptist Church in Nundah, Australia. Gwenda and her husband, Prasantha (PJ), who serves as board chairman for Compass Australia, have three children, Taruna, Rasika and Prashan.