“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.” I Timothy 6:10
Yikes. We need money to survive in this world. We need to work hard to earn this money. We earn money to pay our bills. Do we live comfortably? Most definitely. Are we spoiled? We splurge occasionally on “wants” rather than “needs.” Is this a love of money? I don’t know. When I think of a love of money I think of someone who views other people by the wealth they have. They hold onto their money tightly. They don’t share freely. We are to be generous, cheerful givers. Does that describe me? I hope so. I think it’s a heart issue. God blesses us with jobs, careers, good fortune. How do we use what He blesses us with? How do we return the favor? Don’t get me wrong. We need to make smart decisions with our money. We need to pay our bills and save. We are to be wise. Likewise, we are to be generous. My family thinks I may be a bit too generous to servers at restaurants. I don’t think so. Most servers work very hard and I like to tip well. There have been many times that money has been very tight and we didn’t have enough to be generous. That was one of the hardest parts of having so little, not being able to bless other people. I would suggest that we hold our blessings with open hands. Hold onto our blessings with a loose grip. Allowing God to use us and use our treasure knowing all the time that it all belongs to Him. Our money is a big way for God to use us to bless other people. Yes, He wants our time and our talents but he wants us to give of our treasure as well. We’ve been blessed well. We must bless well in return.
“Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.” Psalm 112:5