The Bible does not say "Money is the root of all evil." It says:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…" 1 Timothy 6:10.
I don't know why but God has chosen money to be the acid test of our loyalty and faith. We spend our entire lives trying to make it, earn it, save it, spend it, use it, we think about it. So God chooses to use finances as the test of how much we trust Him. He wants us to ask him when we have a need and learn to be content. He wants us to know that our happiness isn't dependent on how much or little we've got. If you don't learn contentment, you'll never be happy. You never will because you'll always want more.
Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal."
Jesus isn’t saying it’s wrong to save because the Scripture tells us elsewhere to save. He’s not saying that it’s wrong to prepare for the future. You know the writer of Proverbs says you need to make provision and think about what’s going to come. And it’s not wrong to have nice things. He just wants us to understand that my success, my power, or my happiness IS NOT going to come from investing in temporal things. Then He gives us some really good financial advice. He says in verse 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven”.
Tomorrow we will conclude this look at God’s plan for how we use money.
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