Money we always wish we had more. Some people enter sweepstakes or play the lottery in hopes of getting rich quick. Others work extra hours to raise the cash they need to get the things they want.
Certainly money has a legitimate purpose: it pays for the things we really need. But as someone once said, “Money is a good servant, but a bad master.” Paul in his first letter to Timothy puts it this way: “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”
A few years ago a book was published about Christina Onassis, the daughter of Greek shipping millionaire Aristotle Onassis. The title of the book was, All the Pain Money Can Buy. Christina had a life of luxury a quality education, a mansion on the Riviera, jewelry galore, anenormous inheritance and her own private island. Yet, it did not bring her happiness. Her life was strewn with bad marital choices, abortions, and suicide attempts until her heart finally gave out shortly after her 37th birthday.
What a tragedy! So many people fall for the same trick that money can play on us. Our Lord gives us the best guidance when he says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” When we put God first, He always provides us with all we need.
Lord, help us to put You and Your kingdom first in our lives. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.