A Debate for the Ages
So much of our time is occupied by earning a living. It is difficult to keep our priorities straight. Someone expressed the dilemma in these terms: “You can’t win. If you run after money, you’re materialistic. If you don’t get it, you’re a loser. If you get it and keep it, you’re a miser. If you don’t try to get it, you lack ambition. If you get it and spend it, you’re a spendthrift. If you still have it after a lifetime of work, you’re a fool who never got any fun out of life.”
Money itself is morally neutral—it can be used for good or evil. The problem is caused by the love of money, not the amount of money you have (see 1 Timothy 6:10). We can be just as covetous and materialistic over a little as over a lot. People like Abraham, Joseph, and David showed us wealth does not always jeopardize a person‘s walk with God. The real issue is attitude, not affluence.
We may not consider ourselves rich, but compared to all the people who have lived on this earth in the past and in the present, we are clearly at the wealthy end of the spectrum. If you go to www.globalrichlist.com and plug in your salary, you will probably find yourself to be among the wealthiest people in the world.
What does money mean to you?
A man prays to God. ―God, what is a million years to you?‖ God replies and says ―To me, it‘s like a second‖ ―Well, How much is a million dollars to you?‖ to which God replies ―it is like a penny‖. Thinking he has outsmarted God, the Man prays for a penny. God says, “Sure, just wait a second”.
Our perspective of money determines what it means to us. In a day and age where divorce is as trendy as the iPad, it isn‘t exactly earth shattering when we learn that most marriages are a result of financial problems. Money can be a blessing or a curse depending on where you are in your relationship with money. Money is a necessary for day to day living, but when the relationship is abused, it can become a great source of evil. When I speak about marital problems, it does not mean that money is always the root problem. It is often merely a symptom of deeper underlying issues that may be unconscious and unspoken.
If you are prepared to handle money, more of it will lead to more money. Why do you think that most lottery winners end up broker or back where they started before the won the lottery no matter how much they won? They were not prepared for the responsibility and made the same mistakes they were currently making only multiplied the mistakes because they had more money.
When you look at a person‘s views on money, it impacts many other areas of their life: how they view God, their spouse, their children, their other relationships, and even their career. The motives behind why someone wants money become a root question.
What are your thoughts on money? I’d love to hear how you balance “not falling in love with money” versus “not underestimating the power of money”….