Last month, we shared on the topic, Wealth Carry Forward. We learned that wealth is wealth; a MINISTRY on its own that has what it takes to effect a lot of changes wherever it finds itself. Today, we will continue with one of the obvious topics when it comes to wealth; Money.
“Money is the root of all evil.” We hear people saying this sometimes; is it true? Many evils have been caused due to the desire to acquire money. Some Souls have perished in the name of money. Many relationships have been ruined in the presence of money. So is money really the root of all evil? Oh yes! It is true; money is the root of all evil. At least to those who believe so. To those who often say it, unconsciously embrace it, inherently believe it and psychological ignore it. Oh, yes! To those who see money as evil, it is to them. One interesting thing about life is that almost every belief you stand for, you will get examples to buttress your point.
Your perception of money will always influence your ability to accumulate money. Brian Tracy once said that “Your attitude toward money affects your emotions and your motivations.[i]” That’s if you see money as evil, you will be indirectly fighting yourself from getting more of it. Also, if you think having money in excess will make you a materialistic person or will be a trap to cause you to stumble then you be will surely pulling yourself backward indirectly from getting money in excess.
Money, I believe, is not just good but it’s really good. Money has energy on its own and it’s often attracted to people who have a positive mindset towards it. Money is a powerful tool that even changes prayer point from, “Who can help me?” to “Who should I help?” Money can easily reduce several days meeting to just a minute. Money has what it takes to convert many tears to cheers. The language of money can be easily understood and used in spite of one’s country or ethical background.
On the subject matter of money, my favorite author is one of the wisest and richest Kings that has ever lived; King Solomon. He once said, “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.[ii]” Coffman’s Commentaries on the Bible explains this verse in this way; Feasting makes you happy, and wine cheers you up, but you can’t have either without money[iii]. This means that the abundance of money can really make life lively and lovely. Food, clothing, and shelter are the basic needs of every human being but without money, these needs can’t be satisfied. This is how I understand the second part; Money answereth all things. It means money can assist you to obtain almost anything you want in life; whether good or bad. And so, money in itself is neutral but the one behind the acquisition or usage of money makes it good or evil.
The second thing King Solomon mentions on money is that without money, even wisdom can be despised, money can stripe an individual of his or her authority and people can easily forget about you if you lack money. “Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.[iv]“
Money together with wisdom are two powerful elements; they’re couples that enjoy a very tight relationship. They need one another to survive well in any environment. The absence of any one of them (either wisdom or money) will cause the other to suffer a lot of emotional and physical pains. Wisdom loves money and money loves wisdom, never try to divorce the two.
Someone may say; Brother Moses, I do get you to this far but what of this quote; “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.[v]” Dear, from the context of the scripture, the focus is on the approach people use to get the money not necessarily the money itself. To covet means to yearn to possess something, especially something belonging to another. For you to succeed in coveting, you will most likely use a malicious means and such acts (means) are either evil or will breed evil. And so, in other words, you can say, using negative mediums to acquire money is the root of all evil.
Money is really good. It’s an energy, time and life saver. With money, a lot of donations can be given out to charity and orphanages so as to ameliorate life as well as preserve talents. With money, standard of living gets better, it reduces envy and it can bring life into any given situation. And so, instead of pointing fingers at the rich in your family, environment or country, thank God for their lives and celebrate them. Also, instead of concentrating on those who negatively use money shift your focus to its positive users.
Money is not to be worshiped because it’s not a God neither is it to be loathed because it’s not a Devil rather money is a tool to always cherish because it’s a necessity. Don’t cheaply condemn money because others abuse and misuse it rather you must see it as a necessity of life and find better ways to earn and use the money.
I choose to have a positive mindset towards money. I choose to have money in excess. I choose to do good with money. I choose to have control over money. I don’t know what you; what do you choose?
P.S: We shall continue our series on wealth, next month. Meanwhile, next week be assured YOUCUS will serve you with another blog. HAPPY VAL’S DAY. Stay tuned.
GOD LOVES YOU AND ALWAYS WANT THE BEST FOR YOU
[ii] Ecclesiastes 10:19 KJV
[iv] Ecclesiastes 9:15-16 NIV
[v] 1 Timothy 6:10 KJV