MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6
2 PETER 2:12-15
1 TIMOTHY 6:10
"For the love of money
is the root of all evil…"
ROOT OF ALL EVIL: THE LOVE OF MONEY
The love for the wages of unrighteousness pulled Balaam to gravitate towards mocking and opposing the Word of God. He sought the riches of this world by attempting to curse Israel three times but to no avail. He knew how the LORD strongly disapproved of the children of Israel being cursed.
The love of money is the root of all evil as Paul warned in 1 Timothy 6:10. He observed that there were some in the church who coveted after money. The result? They apostatized and tortured themselves through many distresses in life. They subjected themselves to life apart from God’s Word. Thus the Apostle commanded, "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses" (1 Tim 6:11-12).
O Christian, make not money your master, for "no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matt 6:24). For who shall you love, the gift or the giver? Seek not the temporal reward of money, but seek eternal reward from God. Would you exchange the eternal joy in heaven for the temporal happiness on earth?
What is a hundred years of earthly life with millions of dollars under your name compared to everlasting life rejoicing and glorifying the Lord’s name? Do not be fascinated by money, but be sensitized by the Spirit of God indwelling you.
THOUGHT: Am I loving money more than my Lord and Saviour?
PRAYER: "Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness" (Ps 119:35-36).