“Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 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” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
1 Timothy 6 warns us of the love of money. It says: “If we have food and clothing, with these we will be content”. But why is it a problem to long for more? The answer is as simple as radical: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
The apostle Paul saw the consequences of trying to serve two masters among church members. People who longed to be rich fell into temptation, their desire for earthly treasures was so strong that they wandered away from God. And Paul knew for sure that losing connection with God would lead to their “ruin and destruction”. Therefore he says that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Not because the money in itself is something bad, but because the longing for money distracts our hearts from something more important. The desire to become rich can tempt us to compromise on ethical standards, or it takes up all the time and energy that we would otherwise spend on serving God.
Which master do you serve?