Root of All Kinds of Evils

1Timothy 6-10
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For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs – 1Timothy 6:10

For Meditation: 2 Kings 5
Apostle Paul’s gives his final piece of advice to his faithful spiritual son Timothy that “love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.” He sternly warns his son to guard his heart as ‘some’ who had the uncontrollable desire for money ‘have wandered away from the faith.’ In other words the love of money diverted ‘some’ from giving sincere devotion to God.Is money evil? No, not at all, it is a useful commodity but it is the love for money that God condemns. Money should be a wonderful slave not a tyrant master. As Christians we are called to govern money with God’s wisdom, not to serve them Mathew 6:24.

Let us consider the life of Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, who considered his master a fool when he rejected to amass such a lot of wealth offered by Naaman. Therefore, he cunningly ran after Naaman to receive that offering for him. He failed to understand the fact that God is sovereign and it is He who stopped Elisha from getting it from Naaman. Of course, he received the blessing from Namaan through which he and his descendants could live a life happily thereafter. But the all- seeing God revealed to His servant Elisha and he was stricken with leprosy. He received a curse from God and lost the privilege of being a servant of God. Surely he has “pierced himself with many sorrows,” all because of his greediness.

How then shall we overcome this greed for money? By cultivating contentment – a godly virtue which everyone must possess. Contentment is the only defense weapon for a godly person to conquer this monstrous desire called greediness. The greedy person pursues after the momentary pleasures with a lost sight of eternity but a content one will live this life in the light of eternity. The person with true contentment will trust God for provision in the time of need than to put his trust on his own intellectual ability or on his strength to earn money.

I like to quote a verse of promise with a command to mull over:

Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have”, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Jones Sukumar

Jones Sukumar D worked as an Information Management Leader in Hewlett Packard, he committed his life to serve the Lord leaving his profession behind. He is working at El-Bethel Endtime missions as a overseer- evangelism & missionary Training.He ministers in various churches and corporate fellowships and also teaches in the El-Bethel Bible College learning Centres .