Summary: Continuing our look at Ecclesiastes as we learn life lessons in Chapter 5.
Money, Money, Money
August 9, 2015
I want to talk with you about what is probably the most controversial and disliked subject in the church. Right now your mind is racing . . . what is it? It could be lots of different things, but it’s not . . . . The most controversial subject in the church is - - - -
MONEY! It’s been said the most sensitive nerve in the human body is the one that runs from our brain to our wallet. That’s because money has significant power in our lives.
We all come from different backgrounds and different families and we were all taught and learned different things about money. As a result we approach money from a variety of perspectives. Given that money is a major component of our lives, and that it has the power to help us and other people or hurt us and other people, we all need lessons on how to make money a blessing rather than a curse.
We’ve been looking at the book of Ecclesiastes for the past 4 weeks, and today we enter week 5 and are looking at parts of chapter 5. In this chapter, King Solomon addresses the issue of money. Again, as in other chapters, he gives us the bad news, then ends with the good news. So, let’s take a look at some of what Solomon had to say . . .
10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
11 When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes?
Solomon is telling us that some people really love money. He says if you love money – now, let’s get it straight what he’s saying — — we all kind of love money. Who wouldn’t want a few extra dollars in the bank or in your wallet. But Solomon’s point is that your love of money is what’s driving you. It motivates you. It drives you to make more.
Asking the question, “How much is enough” seems almost un-American, doesn’t it? Whatever our current salary or income, we want more. However much we’ve invested, we want it to grow to become more. No matter how big our business, we want to make it bigger. “More” is woven into the very fabric of our psyche. After all, we’re led to believe we can super-size everything.
Multimillionaire, John D. Rockefeller, was once asked the question, “How much money is enough?” His answer was amazingly transparent. He said, “Just a little bit more.” In other words, “I will never have enough.” Is this what resides in our conscious or unconscious mindset?
We are led to believe we’ll never have enough — we’ll never be content or satisfied — because we always think we need more. That creates problems because you’re going to lose sleep over how to make it, grow it and manage it. In fact, if you love money it may lead to your own destruction. When Paul was writing to Timothy, he wrote —
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. – 1 Timothy 6:10