“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”
We live in a world where success is assessed based on money and investments. Not just in the world but even in the church, spiritual blessings are associated with worldly riches and are taught to seek the prosperity of the world to assess spiritual success. When it comes to the root motivation, it is all because of the “love of money”.
Scriptures teach otherwise. Ecclesiastes 5:10 says that those who love money will never be satisfied. We are never satisfied with what God provides but earnestly seek more because that is our treasure. They want more all the time, and it is all vanity. The Israelites fell into this very same sin while in the wilderness. God provided them with manna daily from heaven, but they wanted to hoard what was given. God promised that He would provide daily, but greed led them to accumulate instead of continuing to trust in the provision of God.
Likewise, we also hoard what we are given, just like the Israelites. This is because deep within us, we do not believe God will continue to provide for us. We think we will find satisfaction in the riches of this world, but it will never satisfy our souls, and we will never have enough. Such satisfaction can only be found in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen! Instead, let us come to Christ, bringing with us all of our needs, anxieties, confessing our sins of idolatry, and the love of money and, in its place, become entirely dependant on God’s plan and provision for our lives.
I am not saying that we should not work hard or earn riches in this world, but let’s NOT do it for the love of it; instead, let us do so for the glory of God, sitting at His feet, knowing that all provisions are from Him. Even if we are to lose all things, if we have Christ, it must be enough.
Jesus always warned about the deceitfulness of riches (Matt. 6:24; 13:22; Luke 12:15) and the futility of greed (Matt. 19:22–24; Luke 12:16–20). Instead, we are to be rich towards God. Luke 12:21 says, “So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Likewise, we are told in 1 Timothy 6:10, “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.”
There is a danger in the love of money, and there is no certainty in riches. Instead, there is a significant gain in Christ, and in Him, there is complete satisfaction and joy in His provision. 1 Timothy 6:17 says, “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”
In conclusion, may we all submit to the lorsdship of Christ loving Him above all, and depending on His provisions. When we trust God to provide for us, we can be joyful in whatever situation. So, do not labour for the food that perishes. Rather labour for the food that offers eternal life, which is only found in Jesus Christ our Lord (John 6:27). Let us finish with 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.”