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The Excessity of Money

Money is a huge “never enough” for many people — and not just for our current materialistic culture. It was also an issue back in King Soloman’s day; he notes the following in his book outlining his search for wisdom and meaning of life: “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless” (Eccl. 5:10).

Clearly, it’s possible to be head over heels in love with money. Jesus put it pretty bluntly when He said, ‘No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matt. 6:24). The writer of Hebrews warns, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Heb. 13:5a). When you fail to heed this warning, money has the potential to become a powerful “never enough” in your life.

But is it really the jingle of coins or the snap of a crisp dollar bill that’s so gratifying? Is it money itself or what money represents that’s so compelling? In my experience, money is just an avenue to power and and control. Power and control are heady commodities, as seductive and addictive in their own ways as the most potent of drugs. Money is the conduit through which power and control flow. It’s been that way since Solomon’s time.

Just a word of clarification: You don’t have to be wealthy to be a lover of money. Nowhere in Scripture does it say it is only the wealthy who love money. First Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” It is the attitude — not the amount — that is important. As you consider whether or not money is an excessity in your life, the answer will more likely lie in your heart than in your bank ledger.

SOURCE: Chapter 2, “Examine Your Excess,” in Gotta Have It! by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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