Certain verses in the New Testament are some of those that seem to be more often misquoted by believers and unbelievers. For instance, they say, “Money is the root of all evil.” The actual text is in 1 Timothy 6:10 and it says, “the love of money is the root of all evil.”
There is a difference between a misquote and the actual text! When Paul wrote to Timothy, he was not condemning the possession of money. He was condemning the love of money. There is a major difference between these two statements. It is that love, not money, that is condemned.
Love indicates a possibility of obsession, and devotion to, prioritizing above all else, and the rejection of what else could come into a person’s life. This means that the love of money can be an idolatrous event.
There are examples in the Bible of people who have been overcome by the significance of money. Case in point is a story told about a person who is called, “the rich young ruler. “Jesus knew that money did not have a proper place in this young man’s mind. The possession of money, even great wealth, is not condemned in any way by God. However, when money takes an incorrect position in a person’s life, that actually becomes a sin.
Even back in the Old Testament the expectation is that the person would possess a financial level because they were to give 10% of that money back to God. The proper use of money will benefit others as well as himself. The share of money can build up the kingdom of God for help like that of the poor beggar out his miserable life.
Make money a matter of prayer and surrender to God. He expects money to be used for the care and upkeep of family. He also expects money to be reset in an effective way. It would be a good idea for all of us to review how we see money and how we use money.