Summary: Titus 1:7
Today we will be looking at that last phrase, "Not greedy for money", or as the KJV of the Bible puts "filthy Lucre" (luc-re). Now Lucre means "monetary gain" or simply making a profit. These phrases come from one Greek word. Which basically means "greedy for profit" will to get money through dishonest gain.
Not being concerned with how one gets money, as long as a profit is made.
What Paul is basically saying is that an elder, and as we shall see all Christians, is not to be a lover money.
As I read this passage and studied it I was reminded of another passage found in scripture and that is 1 Tim. 6:10 a passage we all know, please turn with to 1 Tim 6:10, just a couple of pages back for Titus. Notice what Paul writes there; "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."
This portion of scripture goes hand in hand with what Paul states in Titus 1:7.
Now as I stated we are all familiar with that particular verse. However many of us hear it misquoted. People like to say, "Money is the root of all evil". However that is incorrect. It is incorrect for the following two reason.
First of all money is "a" root to all kinds of evil, not the one and only. There are many things, in fact just about anything can be a root evil. Money is just one of them, no worst then the others no better. It may be, and obviously is one of the most popular roots to evil but is certainly is not the only one.
Second, it is "a root to all KINDS of evil". Not all evil, but all kinds of evil. We cannot blame the love of money for all the worlds woes, sure it is one of the biggys, as is being power hungry, pride, and so on. But the love of money is not the only source of evil.
So let be sure that if we quote the Word of God, we quote in correctly, not having it say something it does not say.
Now just as he does in Titus 1:7 Paul here warns us about the love of money and some of its dangers. The word of God cautions us about the love money, and a consuming desire for money.
We need to realize that we all desire money. WE have to. That is how we eat, how we have a place to live, how we entertain ourselves, we can even desire money to serve God.
What I am speaking of is a desire for money where that is the most important thing in your life. To the point here you sacrifice you relationship with God, with your family and children. The desire for money that I am speaking of is one where that is the most important thing in your live. What I speaking of is an unhealthy desire for money, an ungodly desire, driven by a love of money.
Some points I wish to make from the Scripture. First of all the desire for money can lead to more evil. That is what our Paul states in 1 Tim 6:10, and because it will lead to more evil that person is disqualified from being a elder in the church.
Notice Paul states that money is not the root of all kinds of evil, but the LOVE of money. And ungodly obsession for money and more money.