How the Love of Money Disguises Itself

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Ecc. 5:10
Full Text: Ecc. 5; 2 Tim. 1
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Money | The book of Job teaches us about the meaninglessness of this world by losing it all; the book of Ecclesiastes teaches us about the meaninglessness of this world by having it all. As we saw yesterday [1], money cannot buy the greatest and longest gains. In fact, Paul told Timothy, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” [2]. Today, we see that the Teacher in Ecclesiastes – who wrote hundreds of years before Paul – similarly reflected, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity” [3].

Disguise | “The love of money” disguises itself in our affections. After all, we usually don’t see people hugging money or taking cash out on dates. What do we see? Perhaps we see a man who takes pride in obeying all that the law commands, but fails to sell his possessions and give to the poor [4]. Or maybe we see someone who thoughtlessly and effortlessly spends money on entertainment or clothes, but hesitatingly contributes to the work of the church [5].

Reason | Since “the love of money” disguises itself differently in different people, each of us should test our relationship with money regularly. Why is the love of money so dangerous? First, we brought nothing into the world and can’t take anything out of it [6]. Second, we don’t want to wander away from the faith and fall into ruin and destruction [7]. Finally, we don’t need extra stuff to make us peaceful and secure [8] because we already have God, who is the greatest good in the universe and who has eternal pleasures at His right hand [9].

Prayer | Lord, Let us flee from the love of money and, instead, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness. Help us fight the good fight of the faith and take hold of eternal life to which we were called. As for those of us who are rich in this present age, let us not be haughty, nor set our hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. Let us do good, be rich in good works, generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for ourselves as a good foundation for the future, so that we may take hold of that which is truly life [10]. Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] 843 Acres, What Currency Counts Beyond the Grave? 17 April 2012.  |   [2] 1 Tim. 6:10 ESV  |  [3] Ecc. 5:10 ESV  |  [4] See Matt. 19:16-22 (The Parable of the Rich Young Ruler)  |  [5] See, e.g., Is. 55:2; Prov. 11:24; 28:22; Acts 20:35  |  [6] See Ecc. 5:15-16 ESV; 1 Tim. 6:7.  |  [7] See 1 Tim. 6:9-10  |  [8] See Heb. 13:5, 6  |  [9] See Ps. 16:11  |  [10] Prayer entirely based on 1 Tim. 6:11-19.

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