Read 1 Timothy 6
Focus on verse 10
Just the other day, as I was driving in the car I there was a billboard proclaiming that the Power Ball Lottery had topped four hundred million dollars. I cannot imagine the kind of havoc that much money would introduce into the life of a person who is unprepared to handle it.
Though we all like to think that if we were to somehow be the benefactors of this kind of windfall, that we would handle it differently. While there may be a few of us who would perhaps have the discipline to manage such a drastic change in lifestyle, the majority of lottery winners apparently do not. Apparently some 65% of lottery winners find themselves broke in 15 years or less. Many of these testify to being happier before they won it big.
In today’s reading Paul writes to Timothy about the love of money.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.(v. 10)
It is important to note here that this is often misquoted by folks. I have often heard people say “Money is the root of all evil”, which is not true. Money itself is neither evil nor good – it is an inanimate object – incapable of doing or being anything other than money.
What makes us think that money is evil, is that it is love of money that lures our hearts away from God toward activities that we initially find enjoyable, but that soon entrap us.
Temptation of any kind tests the position that God holds in our lives. When God is truly first – temptation typically has minimal effect. It is when we begin to push God out of that first place, that the invitation issued to us by whatever temptation we are experiencing becomes more difficult to decline.