10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT)
This is another one of the most abused verse in the Bible. If you have been reading the comments from the religious people in this blog, you would have realize by now that they have the ability to pervert the positive messages from the Bible into something negative in order to fit into their religious doctrines. The above verse is one of their favorites in their attempt too twist the true meaning of the Bible and discredit the Gospel Of Jesus Christ.
In this article, we shall study in depth on the true meaning of 1 Timothy 6:10 in order to benefit from it and at the same time protect ourselves from the lies of religion.
The verse begins with: “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Please note that the writer is referring to the love of money and not money. Money is not the root of all kinds of evil, the love of it is. What does that mean?
God wants all his people to be blessed in all things. Having a lot of money is only one of the all things we are blessed in. However, we should not put our love and focus on money. God’s way of prosperity is not through loving money. God wants us to get rich through our faith in him.
Furthermore, having a lot of money is only a part of our overall prosperity. It does not cover our entire prosperity. If you are to think otherwise and view money as your entire prosperity, you may end up loving money and planted the roots for all kinds of evil in your life. Why is that so? When we focus on only one part of prosperity (like having a lot of money), we are neglecting other parts of our prosperity. We will not be fully prosperous and our lives will become out of balance. We will become the servants of money instead of money becoming our servants. At this stage, we will see all kinds of evil coming out of our lives.
I don’t think it is a surprise to read about rich people who ruined their lives into drugs, gambling, sex and other addictions. Why do you think they ended up this way? Did their money ruin them? If money is the culprit, then every rich person is ruined. Yet, we can still see rich people living fulfilled lives and become blessings to others. So, obviously having a lot of money will never cause harm. It is the love of money that is dangerous.
The subsequent part of 1 Timothy 6:10 gives us the extreme result of loving money.
“And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”
Those who love money will end up wandered from their relationship with Jesus and pierced themselves with many sorrows. That is bad. This is also why I will never want to love money. I may like to have a lot of money but I will never want to wander from God (who is the source of my prosperity) and I am definitely do not want to be pierced with many sorrows. I want joy, not sorrows in my life. The conclusion for the above verse is, do not love money.
Now that we know the meaning, let us move on to applications. How not to love money? Does not loving money means never ask God for prosperity? The answer is no. As Christians, it is our right and responsibility to be rich in every area in our lives. The term “every area” includes having a lot of money. Christians who does not want to receive their rights are plain selfish. Why is that so?
The poor cannot help the poor. Only the rich can. As Christians, it is our responsibility to be as rich as we can in order to have the resources to help the poor. God is more impressed with our compassion to the poor than we obeying religious doctrines and rituals. He wants to bless us so that we can bless others.
Therefore, the key to not loving money does not lie in not desiring more money. That is selfishness. The key is in the management of money. We need to learn to assert our authority on our money to ensure that money will always be our servants and not masters. The best way I can think of is to practice consistent giving.
When we give away our money unconditionally without expecting any returns from the recipients, we are telling our money that we are the boss. We have the right to direct our money where is should go, and it will obey without question. In doing so, we will in position to have more and more money without falling into the trap of loving it, thus saving ourselves from being pierces with many sorrows.