For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10)
My Dad used to say that one of his teachers from Camrose Lutheran College would often remind his class that money was not the root of all kinds of evil, it was the love of money that the Bible tells us is the root of all kinds of evil. The love of money can possess both people who have lots of money and those who do not, and it is just as toxic in both situations.
We really have to guard our hearts carefully with respect to money. What sorts of attitudes do have about money? Do we think that more money will solve all of our problems? Then we are looking to money as our saviour. Do we believe that the many challenges we face will go away if more money came to us? Then we are trusting in money as our protector. Do we desire more money in our investments so we will be looked after in the future? Then we are clinging to money for our security.
All these attitudes are a form of love for money and nothing good will happen in the financial area of our lives until we ask God to help us to turn away from our love of money and seek forgiveness in the arms of the God who loves us.
The real problem is that we sell ourselves short. We don’t really see what we are worth in the eyes of God. We don’t believe in our true value and we don’t live as if God’s valuation of us is really true. Because we think that we are worthless when stripped of all our possessions and abilities, we then strive to add value to ourselves by completing tasks and gathering assets.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The truth is that you are so precious in the eyes of God that God the Son came to earth and became human in order to save you. Jesus shed real blood, his blood, in order to buy you back from sin, death and the power of the devil. One drop of Jesus’ blood is of infinite value because it is not only human blood, it is the blood of the divine Son of God. And Jesus didn’t shed just one drop of his blood, he gave it all because he loves you. If you were the only person in the world, Jesus would still have gone to the cross for you.
Stripped of all your possessions and abilities, you are of infinite value to God. You and I don’t need money, we need Jesus. Let him guide you in how to relate to and manage money.
Money, possessions and abilities add no value to our life at all. The true value of your life and mine is already infinite. But in the hands of Jesus, our money, possessions and abilities become additional ways to love and bless others.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for your great love for me. Help me to see how I am of infinite value in your eyes. Help me to believe and live as the infinitely precious child of God that I am because of you. Amen.