Memory Text: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10, NKJV).
People,” it has been said,
spend money they don’t have, for things they don’t need, in order to impress people they don’t like.
How much truth that statement contains is debatable; what isn’t debatable, however, is that money can have a powerful influence over all of us. Because personal financial habits comprehensively represent an individual’s values, money is actually a spiritual matter. No doubt that’s why the Bible spends a lot of time talking about it.
Also, fame frequently accompanies wealth. Motion picture stars, outstanding athletes, and national politicians often possess both. Famous people exercise influence, one form of power. Jesus, however, was not impressed by anyone’s wealth or power. He simply sought to reach them for the same reason that He did everyone else: He wanted them to have the kind of riches that money cannot buy.