1 Timothy 6: 7-10 “…We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Back in 1987, Michael Douglas starred in a movie called Wall Street. In this movie he plays the crooked corporate trader Gordon Gecko. He’s trying to influence a young guy named Bud, played by Charlie Sheen, to join his team, and of course he’s giving him huge amounts of money to buy his loyalty, and promises of millions more. But Hal Holbrook plays the old-fashioned stockbroker who sort of watches the whole process from the sidelines and he offers this advice, which proves to be tragically true: “The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don’t want to do.”
That movie character was actually articulating a biblical principle. God is heartbroken when I fall in love with money. Because having money doesn’t make me secure, it fools me; and being in love with money doesn’t satisfy me, it rots me.
I read about a woman who says she thinks of her life as a raft out on the ocean. She has all of her stuff on her raft. When she gets too much stuff, her raft starts to sink. For years her response to that problem was to make the raft bigger — till one day she realized she was spending her life enlarging her raft, and never got to use her stuff. Here’s what she said: “I suddenly realized that I didn’t own this stuff, it owned me.”