The rich want it, the poor want it, and everyone needs it. There’s nothing wrong with having money, of course, but the Bible warns about loving and desiring money. In fact, 1 Timothy 6:10 says: “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” He goes on to say in that verse that when some Christians go hard after money, they have “erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” The Bible talks about money quite a bit. It tells us what our perspective on it should be. Today let’s look at Proverbs 23:3-5: “Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”
First, the Bible says to be careful of your desires. When you are content with what you have, money is not a great temptation. When you are happy with your car, you don’t carve money to buy a new one. When you are able to make ends meet because you are living within your means, you don’t feel that you need to find creative ways to make money. But the person who is not content is the same person who will compromise himself and his morals in order to get more money. Verse 3 says that when you sit with a rich person, take care that your desires don’t change because of the things you might be able to have.
Second, the Bible says to “Labour not to be rich.” Labor is good, of course, and a person should expect to receive wages for good work. It’s not saying “don’t labor to get money,” but the admonition is not to put all your energy into the getting of money. Some work harder to get rich quickly than they do at an honest job. The Bible chides us not to put everything we have into becoming wealthy.
Third, the Bible says to put wealth in its proper perspective. It’s true that money can aid you and help you. You can serve God with money, and you can serve yourself with money. Money is a wonderful servant and a lousy master. Solomon said: “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” We obtain money so we can exchange it for what we need. Therefore, money itself is really nothing: we get it so we can get rid of it. The admonition of Jesus is to “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33). If you will set your eyes on Christ and His kingdom first, He will add to you the money and possession to serve Him.
Money. The rich want it, the poor want it, everyone needs it, but Christians have something better.