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Money is the Root of All Evil

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Sermon shared by David Dykes

August 2003
Summary: The ABCs of a Biblical understanding of money.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom and these things will be given you as well.” (Luke 12:22, 30-31)

The people who seek riches and are obsessed with possessions worry about it–but those who seek God don’t have to worry because God has promised to provide us the necessities of life.

“A” is Acknowledge that money isn’t evil–it’s neutral, only a tool. “B”–Beware of the danger of Possession Obsession.

3. CONTENTMENT IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR THE POISON OF FINANCIAL WORRY

In verses 6-8 the Bible gives the antidote to financial greed. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”

The lead singer of the Irish Rock Band U2 is Paul David Hewson, but he’s known by his nickname, Bono. In one of his songs he wrote, “I have climbed the highest mountain, I have run through the fields, only to be with you; I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls, only to be with you; But I still haven’t found what I’m lookin’ for.” That last line is an apt observation of our 21st century culture: People are looking, searching, running and they aren’t satisfied. One reason is because many of them are looking for happiness in possessions. Solomon, who was one of the wealthiest and most miserable men in history observed in Ecclesiastes 4:6, “Better is one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” For many, the American dream to make more so you can buy more is like chasing after wind–you never catch it. When you get to a certain place, you aren’t satisfied, so you want more. Learn two important things that the Bible says about contentment:

1. Contentment is an attitude of trust in God’s provision

Contentment means you are resting in an attitude that God is going to meet your needs–needs not wants. Someone once said: Contentment is when your earning power matches your yearning power. Contentment is believing God will make sure you don’t starve to death and that you have clothes to wear to keep you warm. People who are greedy are never satisfied with the simple pleasures of life. They are always looking for what they don’t have rather than appreciating what they do have.

Most of us have heard the promise where God says He will never leave us nor forsake us–did you know that promise is within the context of being content? We read in Hebrews 13:5-6, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’”

I read about a Harvard MBA graduate who went on a weekend vacation to one of the expensive Mexican resorts on the Baja peninsula. At the dock he saw a Mexican fisherman selling Yellowfin Tuna. He asked the fisherman how long it took
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