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Many people must have more and more material things in order to be happy and feel successful.
But riches can be a trap and lead to bondage, not freedom. Instead of giving satisfaction, riches
can create additional desires; and these must be satisfied. Instead of providing help and health, an
excess of material things hurts and wounds.
Paul described the result very vividly: “Harmful desires … plunge men into ruin and destruction”
(1 Timothy 6:9, NIV). It is the picture of a man drowning! He trusted his wealth and “sailed
along,” but a storm came and he sank.
It is a dangerous thing to use religion as a cover-up for acquiring wealth. God’s laborer is
certainly worthy of his hire, but his motive for laboring must not be money. That would make
him a “hireling,” and not a true shepherd. We should not ask, “How much will I get?” but rather
“How much can I give?”
Sad, but true: “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish
and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 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” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Also read: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; Mark 4:19.
Action assignment: Talk to God about a proper attitude toward money; tell Him you want a real
biblical attitude (if that’s true!). Consider how you can be a good steward of the money God has
given you

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