Four Questions to Keep Close to Your Wallet

It's hard to imagine many things more maligned in Scripture than money. After all, "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils" (1 Timothy 6:10). Paul didn't just say that it can be a temptation for some, or that it's easy to become attached to what money can buy. He says it's the root of evil — lots and lots of evil. Paul goes on to say, "It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs." An unhealthy appetite for money makes even church people into self-destructive enemies of Christ. It's clear, if you can count your greatest treasure in dollars and cents, your soul is in danger.

Paul wrote 1 Timothy 6 with the hoarders and spenders in mind (1 Timothy 6:7). I doubt there's any question that in America today this is the most prevalent breed of our love affair with money — the kind of infidelity in which we build bigger homes, buy more of the world's best stuff, and chase lives of greater comfort and luxury. A lust for more and more money to buy more and more things is evil, and it ironically and tragically steals and murders the life and happiness it promises.

Try Your Treasure

At the end of the day, we must each know our own hearts and be willing to ask what role money is playing in our thoughts and affections. Is it a means of worshiping God or a means of replacing him? Is our budget highlighting the sufficiency and worth of Christ or has it become a reason for boasting in or treasuring something other than him?

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]