Money isn’t everything, yet we depend full-heartedly on it for what we consider “happiness.” So why are people still searching? Why when we gain money do we want more? Why do some of the wealthiest people in the world end up broken, addicted, suicidal? Money is not the answer to joy in this life. The bible clearly states that money, in an eternal sense, doesn’t mean anything at all. So why is this important? The more we depend on money for our happiness, the less we depend on God. We think having money means security, when in reality security comes from within yourself, it comes from God. I want to share with you a few verses in the bible that humble me and remind me that this world and the money in it are temporary.
“When a wicked person dies, his expectation comes to nothing, and hope placed in wealth vanishes.” (Proverbs 11:7). Main point here… money is meaningless in the end. We spend most of our time earning money, spending money or saving money. Yet in the end we literally take nothing with us. Yes, we need money to survive and yes, it is important to save some money for emergencies. It’s important to understand the difference between being content with what we are earning for our needs versus becoming a person whose main goal in life is to make money. The goal of more money, or going into a certain career because of the money is a waste of time. Doing so would mean we are working for something that doesn’t exist in the end. The “status” and wealth we have here on earth are not related to the wealth we have in Heaven. Place all your hope in God, not in your next paycheck. “Whoever loves money never has enough, whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
So why is the love of money so bad? The love of money is bad because there is never enough to satisfy. Gaining money can be difficult, so the love of money leads to many different addictions and hobbies that have a negative impact on lives, bank accounts, relationships, etc. “For the love of money is the 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). Money itself is not bad, but the love of it, the dependence on it, the obsession over it leads to pain. I think all of us have seen this happen in our lives or people’s lives around us. God is also very clear in understanding the power money can have over us, when we let it. He even mentions it as being able to become a master of our lives. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Mathew 6:24). You cannot serve God and money…
In the bible it is stated that there are treasures in Heaven. These treasures are described as being so much better, actually, immeasurably better than treasures on earth. These treasures are built by our lives and our hearts here on earth. They are built up in many ways, one very important way is by giving. Joyfully giving to the needy and the poor is a blessing, it is an opportunity. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” (Luke 12:33). Give, give freely and joyfully, and give often. Even if you feel like you have nothing to give, try because God will always provide for you if you’re putting Him first.
One of my favorite stories in the bible has to do with giving. “Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.” (Mark 12: 41-44). This story is still very relevant today. The people who had money were putting in a lot more money than others, but they did it for all to see, and it was just spare change. While a poor woman put in her penny, which is all she had. I bet that woman’s treasures in Heaven are great.
So, work hard and honestly for the money you need to live off of. Do not make money a goal in life. Rather put God first and he will always provide for you. Give and don’t stop giving even when money seems tight. It will be worth it in the end, because earthly money won’t exist but treasures in Heaven are forever. “Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5).