Wanting to Be Rich Has a Dark Side

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The desire to be rich, so we can spend it or hoard it for ourselves can cause us to give in to all sorts of unhealthy temptations. Jesus teaches us to love God—not money. That is the key.

But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:9)

When a rather selfish TV character was reminded that money doesn’t buy happiness, she quickly replied, “Oh, of course it does. That’s just something we tell poor people to keep them from rioting.” Yet not only does money not buy happiness, but the desire to be rich can also add many complications to your life.

The Bible makes it clear that the desire to be rich brings many new temptations. Like what? It can be the temptation to lie or to steal; to use and even run over other people to get more wealth; or to defraud others to get more wealth. This focus on having more and more money can cause one temptation after another, and we can find ourselves doing things we never thought we’d do. We can make life a mess. When wealth becomes our priority, we forget that what we think we own is actually God’s. Victory with money—be it a little or a lot—is using His money in a way that pleases Him.

Wealth earned honestly can be a blessing. It can do a lot of good. But the desire to be rich, so we can spend it or hoard it for ourselves can cause us to give in to all sorts of unhealthy temptations. Jesus teaches us to love God—not money. That is the key.

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