Do you remember that number 1 hit by Abba, ‘Money, Money, Money’?
That song has been in my head for years, as I am sure it has yours. The meaning behind the hit is completely different to how it may sound though. Originally titled “Been and Gone and Done it” the song is supposedly sung from the viewpoint of a woman who, despite all her efforts – working as hard a possible to keep up her finances – just can’t seem to get it right. In turn, she sets her sights on a well-off man instead.
Regardless of what you see as success, be it remaining finically stable, owning the ‘perfect’ home with four bedrooms, having nice shoes or walking around ‘well-groomed’, the Bible does go into great detail about money, and the love of it.
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
5 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.”
Paul also warns about the love of money along with false teaching in 1 Timothy 6:3-10.
3 Some people will teach what is false and will not agree with the true teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. They will not accept the teaching that produces a life of devotion to God. 4 They are proud of what they know, but they understand nothing. They are sick with a love for arguing and fighting about words. And that brings jealousy, quarrels, insults, and evil mistrust. 5 They are always making trouble, because they are people whose thinking has been confused. They have lost their understanding of the truth. They think that devotion to God is a way to get rich. 6 Devotion to God is, in fact, a way for people to be very rich, but only if it makes them satisfied with what they have. 7 When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out. 8 So, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that. 9 People who want to be rich bring temptations to themselves. They are caught in a trap. They begin to want many foolish things that will hurt them. These things ruin and destroy people. 10 The love of money causes all kinds of evil. Some people have turned away from what we believe because they want to get more and more money. But they have caused themselves a lot of pain and sorrow.
Unlike the woman Abba sang about, we are asked to be content with what we have and trust that God will never leave us nor forsake us. Just because that “Dream House” doesn’t look apparent any time soon, it does not mean that God is not using you for powerful things.
You are no less of a success than the minority of people that have everything they could ever want.
Money really doesn’t make the world go round, God does, but the love of money could stop you seeing the beauty of what God has got in store.