Signs of a Dying World II; Love For Money


You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days, there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! [NLT 2 Timothy 3:1-5]
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Who doesn’t need money? Who hates to have money? Not me! Unfortunately, enlisted as part of the difficulties of the last days is the fact that people will love their money. The love for money spoken of here definitely is not synonymous with the need for money. The financial needs are eternal(as long as life shall last this side of eternity). The pursuit of a financial breakthrough driven by a need for money and those driven by love for money are two different things. Money in and of itself is an absolute necessity and is a good thing. 

Historically, money has evolved from the barter system, which was cumbered with untold inefficiencies, the obvious being the bulk and the difficulties of clicking a double coincidence. The barter system was saved by the gold standard and the use of precious metals, technically referred to as species. And even further in modern times, the Bretton Woods institutions have revolutionised transactions with paper money. So, paper money is not a problem and is not necessarily what the Bible talks about. Bible does not have problems with money. See what the preacher says:

Feasting makes you happy and wine cheers you up, but you can't have either without money. [GNT Ecclesiastes 10:19]
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How comes, then, that the love for money is enlisted as a sign of a dying World? The right answer would be that there is an inordinate attachment to money and what money can afford in the last days. If you want to know the fact of this, then we can do it in an activity. Are you ready? What comes into your mind when you hear this question: 

WHAT IS YOUR NET WORTH? 

If you are honest enough, you are trying to find out how much money you have. Or else you are trying to calculate the monetary value of your tangible assets. After putting together money in cash, savings, and the monetary value of your assets, where do you rank in the global value rankings? What about your character and discipline? Does it contribute to your net worth? What about your faithfulness to duty and conscientious performance of important roles like parenting, fatherhood, motherhood, or just careful conducting of a relationship? In the sight of God, the net worth of a man or a woman is tagged to the price of their redemption. If you can calculate the net worth of God, then you can calculate man’s net worth. Let me surprise you with some statements from inspired wrings:

Those who in the strength of Christ overcome the great enemy of God and man, will occupy a position in the heavenly courts above angels who have never fallen.

6BC 1113.4

By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan’s purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ, we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen.

The Desire of Ages p. 25

We can understand the value of the human soul only as we realize the greatness of the sacrifice made for its redemption

—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene p. 15

Our net worth is beyond calculation because it is far above monetary terms. 

Love for money is driving many people to disease and premature death. Because of love for money, people overwork themselves and don’t, in equal measure, reward themselves. The same same people do not have the time and budget to refresh and regain the lost vital forces. Hard work is godly; overwork is ungodly and selfish. Why are you working like that? Is it to get what you need or to get excesses that you end up spending in revelry and folly?

Fatigued overnight worker(Photo credits: iStock)

Love for money is driving people to neglect their spiritual responsibility of sustaining the course of God. Most people who claim to be looking forward to the coronation of the King of Kings are not faithful in their tithes and offerings. They are well-dressed in beautiful suits and powerful shoes, and as part of the budget is unreturned tithe and offerings. When money is needed to support evangelism activities, they call for prayers, but they save and outsource when they want to do their projects. I think this terrible indictment should revolutionise your tithing culture:

God has devised plans that all may work intelligently in the distribution of their means. He does not propose to sustain His work by miracles. He has a few faithful stewards, who are economizing and using their means to advance His cause. Instead of self-denial and benevolence being an exception, they should be the rule. The growing necessities of the cause of God require means. Calls are constantly coming in from men in our own and foreign countries for messengers to come to them with light and truth. This will necessitate more laborers and more means to support them.”

Counsels on Stewardship p. 329

If those who profess to believe in God are faithful, we will not need miracles. We will also avoid resorting to questionable strategies, which look like pyramid schemes to raise money for God’s work. 

We need money, but we should be careful not to fall in love with money. Some of the things which are valuable today will soon lose their value. What is your net worth? Mine cannot be calculated. I’m bought with a price, even the life of the son of God!

You should know this, dear reader, that in the last days, there will be very difficult times. For people will love their money…

Stay tuned for the next piece in the series ‘Signs of a Dying World’ entitled “Signs of a Dying World III; They will be Boastful and Proud.

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