Love of Money
Not long ago I had the opportunity to run into someone who is in the process of changing and that change which I speak of is for the good! I don’t think that they are even aware of it but I have noticed it. They use to be all about money, bigger houses, newer cars and everything else imaginable. They were so empty and looking for anything (other than Christ) to fulfill them. (They are one of those people that you think to yourself…well, what did they purchase this time? I hope they don’t have to give me ALL the details.)
Another great hindrance, they were married to someone that esteemed money and “things” as very valuable; so, I am sure there was a high pressure to attain and to perform. (FYI: When two become one [married or unmarried]…they actually begin to think and act alike!)
Since this person’s divorce they have since gotten with someone else. I don’t know their “new love,” but I have a hunch that they have a better disposition and outlook on life. I observed more of a humility and practicality in their speech as we conversed. Recently, they have moved to a different state and they talked of down-sizing their home and getting rid of vehicles, etc. (Maybe life has kicked them around enough that they have come to the end of themselves. And, of course, I know that God is working in their heart! I am hopeful that someday this person will serve the Lord! They are headed on the right track.)
I am not against riches. I just don’t care for the “wrong spirit” that can accompany it.
2 Tim. 6:9 & 10 says, “But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing. For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.”