Without love of others, your vision of yourself is clouded. Those who walk in selfishness, do not experience life in full. Loss of riches fills the sleepless heart. Gain owns the thoughts of the day. Years flee, along with the life contained within, forgotten or traded, names for numbers. He who labors for the witness of men, and gains that his worth might gain as well, it is he who discovers not his call, and knows not those he would have loved. His life is sold for stature and fleeting pleasures for lasting meaning. Be careful, for the lure of riches fools even the followers. The weight of silver in the hand speaks louder than the Spirit, deafening the wisdom of the Father to his children. Do not be deceived; love pays highly its owner, and eternal is its dividend. True gold is between brothers, and a good wife is beyond the world’s treasures. Love of others is the way of the Father, and the eyes of he who loves are clear to know himself.
1 Timothy 6:9 (ESV) – But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Bottom Line: The Bible does not say money is a bad thing, it says the love of money is a bad thing. Those who focus their life’s efforts on riches, can focus on little else. The family may have lots of toys, go to the best schools, take great vacations, have a big house and the latest in tech, but even with it “all”, the love relationships are distant. The understanding of each other grows shallow, sometimes to the point that the very successful in the world, end up with catastrophes at home. Christians too can get sucked in, and the truly great things in God’s economy can drift away. Love others, not money, and who you really are, and what God has called you to be, will be seen with clarity.