I have to admit that sometimes I want to be rich. It would be great to jump on a plane and go anywhere in the world whenever I felt like going. It would be wonderful to just go into any store and buy whatever I saw. What would it be like to live in a mansion or fly in a private jet?
Then I think about all the baggage that goes with that—worried that someone would kidnap your loved ones and demand a ransom, worried that someone would break into your home, worried that you might lose your money, and worried that you can’t really trust anyone.
What kind of person would I be if I were rich? Would I be selfish? Would I care more about myself and my wealth? Would I still love my family? I’d like to think that I would be this wonderful philanthropist, but I honestly can’t say that I would be.
I think lots of money would bring out a “dark” side of me—one that doesn’t really care about anyone or anything.
There must be a reason why the apostle Paul wrote the following: “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).
I think if I was very rich then I would be a different person. I think my passion would be for my wealth instead of my God and my family. My thoughts would not be to please God and do what’s right, but to do whatever it takes to make more money.
Money is almost like a “double-edged” sword—we need it to sustain us (buy food, pay bills, keep a roof over our heads, etc.), but it can also tempt us into longing for it rather than longing for God.
Jesus says, “…You cannot serve both God and money… you will hate [God] and love [money]” (Matthew 6:24).
The apostle Paul reminds us, “…brothers and sisters, whatever is true… noble… right… pure… lovely… admirable… excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
Instead of wasting my time thinking about money, I need to think about God. I need to read His Word, and I need to pray. Money will not make me truly happy or feel really fulfilled—only God can do that.