Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Poets write poems about money. Singers sing songs about money. There are many films and movies with the word "money" in their titles, such as "Show Me the Money." There are universal concepts such as "follow the money" and "follow the money trail." Rap singers changed their names to include something about money. Rapper Curtis Jackson changed his name to "50 Cent."
Money is such a commodity that different people have their own ideas about it and their aspirations to get more. The Bible is not silent on the topic of money. Over the 31,102 verses in the Bible, more than 2,000 of them mention money in some form. People might find it strange to learn that the word money or a word related to money is mentioned in the Bible more than "love, faith, belief, heaven, hell, prayer, praise, and even salvation." So, why did God put so much emphasis on money? The short answer is that God put so much emphasis on money because He knew that we would.
Jesus talked more about money than He did about anything else with the exception of "the Kingdom of God." You can confirm it by reading some of His 39 parables. He mentioned finances in eleven of them. Remember, Jesus told Peter, "Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours” (Matthew 17:27).
You might say you have been reading the Bible for years and you haven't noticed that money was mentioned that many times. We must keep in mind that there are other words for finances than the word "money." For instance, other words used in the Bible instead of money include salt, gold, silver, treasure, riches, wealth, inheritance, debt, harvest, and mammon."
Money Does Not Bring Lasting Happiness
Many people mistakenly think money will solve every problem and bring happiness. It might make you happy for a short period of time, but many lottery winners claim that was the case with them. Many of them ended up bankrupt after a few years.
The Bible warns that relying only on money is dangerous. God wants people to rely on Him because He will be around much longer than money, and He can do much more for them than money. Money eventually will be all spent, but God will still be on His throne watching over people. God wants people to trust, believe, and rely on Him and put nothing before Him.
Don't Let Money Be Your Master
Jesus warns in Luke16:13 that you cannot serve two masters.
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
"Mammon" is the biblical word for "money" or "riches." Instead of serving mammon, God wants us to choose Him because all the money that we have and will ever have belongs to God. God can do things for us that money can never do. It cannot heal us when we are sick. It cannot give us everlasting peace.
Take a look at your checkbook over one month. See how you are spending your money. That will incident what you focus on the most. You will see if your spending is for selfish reasons, if you are helping others, or if you are using your money to serve in the Kingdom of God that Jesus preached about.
Money Can't Buy Everything
Certainly, money can buy a lot of things, but it cannot buy everything. Those things that money can buy are usually temporary.
Solomon is described as the wisest and richest man in the Bible. However, he told us in the book of Ecclesiastes that his life was meaningless. His wealth amounted to $2.1 trillion. He had all that money could buy. He was so rich that he told those counting his money to throw the coins away because he didn't want them spending time counting them. He had chariots and horses.
Solomon was given 25 tons of gold every year of his 40-year-reign. He has so much gold that silver was considered to be as "worthless as rocks." He traded with pagan leaders and they gave him their daughters in exchange for his dealings. His 700 wives, 300 concubines, gold, spices, perfumes, and other things brought him happiness only for a while. In the end, Solomon tells us that all those things were "meaningless." He also gives us the conclusion of the matter.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
This article does not say money is bad to have because we need it to survive comfortably. Money is not the root of all evil. Paul told Timothy:
"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" (1 Timothy 6:10).
It is the love of money that is the root of all evil. Therefore, the main purpose of this article is to warn readers not to focus so much on money that it becomes their master instead of God.