How much power does money have? It has the power to buy things, to help people, to make our lives easier, and it even has the power to change who we are and how we view ourselves and others.
Would you give someone in the grocery store a dollar if they were short on cash to purchase their groceries? I’m going to be generous, especially since it’s Christmas time right now and most of us are more generous when we are already in the habit of giving, and I will say that the majority of people would help someone out in line if they were short a dollar or some change. How far are you willing to go though?
Let’s say that it’s someone you know has money or at least dresses like they have money. How does someone’s appearance of wealth change your thinking about helping them? Even writing this I am a little more apt to think that I would be more willing to help someone out that I feel has done well and is not wasting their money or possibly I know the person and I may need something from them sometime down the road.
Now, what if it is the person who was outside the store begging for some change who is in front of you in line? With their dirty clothes, probably an odor, and their handful of change that they are counting out what would you do? Are you more likely to get annoyed, maybe even say something out loud to let them know that you are annoyed? And now that they have wasted your time counting out change to buy something that they probably already knew they didn’t have enough money for would you be willing to chip in a quarter to help them pay for their item? How long would it take you to do so? What if they were still outside the store or standing along the freeway exit?
Money has power and it has the power to change us for the good and for the bad, or does it? Does money actually have power or is it our perceived power? Money is neither good nor bad, it is inanimate, it has no moral or immoral qualities, but we do.
1 Corinthians 6:3-10
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 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.
How we view our money matters. How we view others matter. If we view money as ours because of what we have done to earn it versus it being God’s who has given it to us then if we are not careful our money will change us. In our pursuit to get out of debt and build wealth we must always keep our hands open to those who are in need around us. When we have a closed fist mentality with our money we are not handling our money the way that God has called us to do, some have taken this to mean that they should give all their money away, but this is not the case. God wants us to enjoy our money, but He wants us to love Him, the giver, and to be willing to give it up to keep our relationship with Him pure.