(1 Timothy 6:9-16) – The pursuit of true riches.
Verse 10 is one of the most frequently misquoted and misunderstood verses in the New Testament. Here’s a couple things that it’s NOT saying.
It’s not saying that MONEY is the root of ALL evil. Money is an inanimate object with no soul, no feelings, and no will to make choices…
It’s not saying that the love of money is THE root of all evil. The source of all evil in the universe isn’t wrapped up in a coin or paper bill…
Here’s what it IS saying (note the emphasis)…”the LOVE of money is A root of all KINDS of evil.”
The desire to become rich is accompanied by many temptations to sin. There are desires that are harmful to us that, if followed, can and will lead to a life of ruin and destruction.
When you love money, you love something temporary, and your heart isn’t set on eternal things. That will essentially lead you away from God’s eternal purposes, which give life to us.
The sinful human heart is the genesis of evil in the world. The love of money is one manifestation of that sinful heart, but it is not the only one.
Think about it, if you love money, don’t you also love what is associated with it? Power, fame, prominence, respect, “freedom,” are drives that come from loving money that can destroy a person’s life.
It’s like chasing the wind. Instead, we need to pursue the riches of heaven which come in godly character stirred by obedience to the Scriptures.
This investment is eternal. You won’t lose it once you pass away. Monetary possessions cannot pass from this life to the next. You’ve never seen a U-haul following a casket, have you?
Jesus is coming back, and when He does, only the things that have been done for Him will last. Everything else will burn up and pass away.
Chasing money isn’t worth it. We need it for things, surely, but we don’t need it for eternal life.