Love Of Money---Don't Do It!
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:10)
Uh oh, I know what you're thinking...here comes another sermon about loving money--Don't love your money brothers and sisters--give it all to this ministry!--(just kidding)--
Seriously--have you ever thought how money could be the root of all evil? You know it's not the actual green folding stuff that is evil--and it's not just extreme greediness that is wrong--(of course greediness is wrong)--
Think about it--money is a system. You've heard the expression monetary system--money is a system--so who made it and how does it work?
First off--God didn't make the monetary system--trust me--you'll see why.
Look around you and you will see the monetary system..here's how it works. Money is really a comparison. It's a way for us to measure ourselves--against others. To say that one person has more value than another--there are a whole lot of things that are associated with this area of money--and all lead to evil--think about it.
But here is what I would really like to get to. Money teaches us that everything we have has to be earned. We have to work at something for it to be successful. We have to strive for success--to attain the things we need. This really doesn't seem ungodly--but get this clear--earning things and working them out for ourselves is the opposite of grace--and leads to an unreliance on God. When we feel that everything in life has to be earned, its hard for us to understand grace. Its hard for us to understand God's love. Many of us have had to earn love from other people. Human love very often comes with conditions. The worldly system of earning teaches us that everything has a price--everything needs to be earned--to be worked at. This is not true of God's love. Many of us have never experienced unconditional love from another human being--we really have nothing on which to base God's unconditional love --His love is beyond our experience, and goes against the worldly system of earning (the basis of which is money)
"The Lord helps those who help themselves"
I have heard many a person speak these words--they are not in the Bible! (I once had a hard time convincing a fellow Christian that they are not in the Bible!) This idea is really the exact opposite of what the Bible says.
"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." (John 16:24)
Jesus said to ask--and God would give to you--freely!
But the idea of earning our way through life has more dire consequences, and leads many astray. I believe that this underlying idea is the reason that legalistic churches are so very popular. They fit in so well with the worldly idea of earning things. So many are lead to believe that we have to earn our way to heaven. We have to obey the commandments to be saved. Again the opposite is true--the purpose of the law is to lead us to Jesus....
The law is the tutor to Christ
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" (Romans 3:20-24, KJV).
To think we can earn our salvation--or maintain it by our own effort--without God--and by our won effort, is wrong. It only leads to self righteousness, which is probably the most common sin in the world.
Just consider this for a moment--If we can earn our salvation--why did Jesus have to go to the cross?
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