Greed is one of the biggest driving forces of evil in our world today, and in history. 1 Timothy 6:10 says “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” This is very true.
There is an all to common myth, that net worth is self worth. Which is totally contrary to what Jesus taught in his life and ministry.
Myth 1.) Lots of money makes people happy-
Truth.) Life is not enhanced by money, and money cannot buy happiness.
According to Jesus, one’s quality of life does not hang on how much they have.
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Another common myth is
Myth 2.) Having lots of money means my life has been successful.
Truth 2.) only from a worldly human standpoint, you do not have to be rich to be used by God. Being rich and famous is a very poor way to gauge real success.
Luke 16:14-15 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.
Often times what God calls success and people do are in stark contrast with eachother.
Myth 3.) Being Rich is sin.
Truth 3.)Some go to the opposite extreme and think money is just pure evil and being wealthy is flat out sin. But the Bible speaks to those who are wealthy as well
Luke 16:9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
It’s no sin to have wealth or material goods but it is sin to trust wealth and fail to help those who are truly in need when we have adequate recourses at our disposal. James 2 says that if we see someone in need and we just wish them well and send them on their way when we have the power to help, we sin.
James 2:15-17 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
In Conclusion, we can enjoy what we have whether little or much but we should be thankful and generous people. Not stingy, hoarding it all to ourselves or putting our trust in wealth. God promises that those who believe in Him and trust him, he will provide their needs.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.