How to Treat Money?

It can’t be denied that money is often at the center of all sorts of fraudulent or corrupt practices that exist in our society nowadays. Money itself is not bad.  It is the love of money that is considered a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10).  So how should we treat money then?

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First, we can treat money as our servant, not our master (Matthew 6:24). Certainly, many of us don’t want to be a servant. We don’t want anyone to manipulate us. So why should we allow money to control us? Why should we let it dictate how we live? We should not let money distort our faith or take our joy in the Lord. We must not put our hope in money which is so uncertain (1 Timothy 6:17).

The world would like to make us believe that money is everything. People who got deceived by such a lie would do everything just to get money even through illegal means.  When money is gone and debts keep rising, they lose hope and feel devastated.  Much worse, some would even resort to suicide.  But the truth is: God is everything! If you have God, you have everything!

Second, we can treat money as God’s, not ours.  God, our Creator, is the one who gives us the strength and ability to earn money. If we acknowledge this truth, then we’ll use the money that we have for His glory.  We will generously share with others and willingly support programs that help reach out those in need (1 Timothy 6:18). If we are blessed, then we have to be a blessing to others. We’ll never use money to do evil works.

Let’s conclude with these words: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it (1Timothy 6:6-7).”  And Hebrews 13:5 states, keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

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