Don’t Let Money Control You

“Money is the root of all evil.”
Have you ever heard that before?
Actually, that quote is off by one word… Money is not the root of all evil. It’s the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil. (I Timothy 6:10).
In Mark 10:17-31, Jesus told the story of a rich man who approached Him and asked what He had to do to go to heaven? Jesus told him to keep the commandments. The man responded that he had kept the commandments since birth.
Then, Jesus said, “There is one thing you are lacking; sell all your possessions and give them to the poor.” When Jesus said the this, the man became sad because he had many possessions. Seeing this, Jesus told His disciples that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
Was this man’s wealth keeping him from following God? No… it wasn’t his wealth…. it was his LOVE for this wealth that did it. Wealth in and of itself is fine… There are lots of wealthy people who have given much to the kingdom of God. It’s not wealth that’s the problem… it’s the LOVE of wealth.
But, this doesn’t just apply to a wealthy person. A person doesn’t have to be wealthy to love money. If we are not tithing, it may because we are afraid we aren’t going to have enough money to live.. Or, we maybe stingy. A person doesn’t have to be wealthy to be stingy.
Maybe you have a love of money? If so, it may be keeping you from serving God. Don’t let money control you, you control it.

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