Has anyone ever made it sound like Christians shouldn’t experience abundance in the realm of finance? Have you ever wondered if it’s ok to be successful financially as a Christian, or how much God’s ok with you having? Have you ever wondered where we, as followers of Christ, should draw the line?
Some say that money is the root of all evil – that it is the cause of tons of problems, such as greed and self-centeredness – and because of this, Christians should be careful of ever having too much – almost as if poverty is better than wealth.
The truth of the matter? Money is not the root of all evil. By itself, it isn’t good or bad, and therefore the amount of money you have isn’t what makes you a good or bad person. It only reveals who you really are. If a person is already generous, give them more money, and it will give them a greater opportunity to benefit others as well as themselves. If a person is selfish and stingy and you give them more money, their stinginess and selfishness will become more apparent as they hoard or spend it all on themselves. The money didn’t make them selfish and stingy or kind and generous. It just made their real character more visible.
What the Bible says actually is the root of all evil is the LOVE of money (1 Tim 6:10)! This is what causes problems, not the money itself. In other words, do you control your money, or do you let it control you? This is what God cares about!
The truth is, God WANTS to bless His children, and this includes financially. According to Psalm 35:27, He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His people! God wants to give His children not only all that they need, but above and beyond so that they, in turn, can bless others (2 Cor 9:11). The more you grow in your relationship with Christ, and the more you become like Him, the more you will use your money in a wise manner, and to advance His kingdom. Trust God with your finances from an early age, and watch what He can do in and through them!
My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!