The Apostle Paul writes “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1st Timothy6:10) Now look closely at that verse. It does not say “money is the root of all evil.” Have you ever heard it said that way? That would be a misquote. Money in and of itself is neutral. Money is neither good or evil. How you use the money you have in your wallet – how you relate to it – now that’s something different. The love of money is one of many sources of evil in this world. It’s not the only source of evil. It’s one of many. The love of money refers to being consumed in getting more and more money, focusing your life and energy around making money because you trust it for safety & security. The love of money is displayed by greed, covetousness, envy of what other people have, pursuing dishonest gain, and stealing. Now, you may feel that you are not susceptible to this temptation. Most of us are just happy to make ends meet and possibly save a few dollars for vacation. Right? However, where the love of money applies to us is in our materialism – our love of what money can buy. We live in a highly materialistic culture. Advertisers spend millions if not billions on TV, radio, newspaper & magazine advertising to entice us to buy their product. Who can forget the Capital One commercials where Samuel Jackson or Jennifer Garner say at the end:what’s in your wallet? You can’t get more blatant than the name of this store: “Buy, Buy Baby”. We want stuff. We want the latest electronic devices. We want quality stuff, nice stuff. Buy… buy… and buy more. How many can’t fit your cars in your garage because you have too much stuff? The love of money and what money can buy you will certainly open a person up to all kinds of evil temptations, over-indulgence, and sin. The truth is we love stuff so much that we’re willing to go into major credit card debt to get it. And that becomes a snare and a trap. Debt coupled with materialism will make you less generous toward God and his work in the world.  Be careful. Guard your heart. Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these other things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)   Pastor Randy

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