Friday, January 31, 2014
Ocean in the Submarine
A new friend tells me that he is against money because the Bible says that money is evil. Once again, the verse found in 1 Timothy 6:10 is misinterpreted. The verse indicates that it is "the LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil."
It's clear that money is amoral. It is a tool to be used in our daily transactions and also for the glory of God. The three orphanages that I launched have to have money to operate. The 16 churches that I initiated also need money to operate. Money in the hands of responsible believers can help people and save lives.
However, when we start to LOVE MONEY then the problem is not the money but with with our greed. Greed is the root to all kinds of evil. God knows that greed has to be dealt with and so He gives us this scripture through the hands of Paul.
Common sense tells us that it is alright if the submarine is in the ocean. However, it is not alright if the ocean is in the submarine. All the crew will drown and the submarine will be rendered useless. It will soon be a piece of rusting junk at the bottom of the ocean.
God knows that when greed gets into our systems, it will corrupt us. Paul the Apostle continues in 1 Timothy 6:10 - "Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." What Paul is saying here is about believers becoming apostate and "rusting" at the bottom of the dark spiritual ocean.
God knows where you stand in your spiritual growth and maturity. If you are not a good steward of money or wealth, God will not bless you with a lot of it. The reason is obvious, He loves you too much to allow wealth to drown and kill you spiritually!
Rev Albert Kang