07
Apr
15

Never Enough

​The multimillionaire, John D. Rockefeller, was once asked the question, “How much money is enough?” He answered quite transparently, “Just a little bit more.”
​Solomon said it long before he did.  ​

Whoever loves money never has enough;
    whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.​ – Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV)​

Money is one of those things that it seems we can never have enough of.  Why do you suppose that is?  It is because we love money.  Jesus said that this should not be the case for His followers:

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.​ – Luke 16:13 (NIV)​

Paul told Timothy this:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.​ – 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)​

Money is not “a necessary evil.”  The love of money leads to all kinds of evil.  We all need money to pay bills and make ends meet.  When our hearts are divided, though, that is when we get into trouble.  The greedy pursuit of money will consume your heart and soul.  It will choke the spiritual life right out of you and leave no room for God.  It is a subtle thing, too.  We don’t wake up one day and say, “I think I’m going to be a greedy person today!”  Greed takes over through jealousy and envy.  Greed takes over as we hoard more and more.  Greed takes over as we fear the future.  Greed takes over as we buy more stuff.  The Apostle Paul said that greed is idolatry and you probably know what the Old Testament says about idolatry (think Commandment # 2 in Exodus 20).
So where’s your heart?  If there is a divided loyalty in your heart between God and money, know that greed is like a weed that will grow and spread quickly and will try to choke God right out of your life.  Jesus said that it does not do anyone any good to get everything that this world has to offer, but lose your soul (Luke 9:25).  Don’t sacrifice your soul on the altar of greed.  Take it back before money steals your soul from you!

Ecclesiastes 5:8-10 (NIV)

 If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still. The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

10 Whoever loves money never has enough;
    whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
    This too is meaningless.

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