the Commercial Economy
1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT) states that,
For The LOVE of money is the ROOT to all evil. And some people... After further study of this seemingly simple sentence, I was amazed by the large amount of wisdom packed into this one verse.
Are you in love with money? Money is a necessity in our lives but we often need to examine and re-examine our relationship to it. As we seek after money, if we aren't careful, money can take on a god-like quality and become an idol in our lives. This is why Jesus warns us about the love of money. Matthew 6:24 (NLT) says
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. This is the same as saying you will serve both the
Called Economy and the Commercial Economy.
So what does
the root of all evil mean? And how do we know if we are serving the Commercial Economy or the
Called Economy? I'm glad you asked. If you find yourself spending most of your time, resources and relationships in pursuit of money, pleasure, and self, then you are serving the Commercial Economy which will lead you to a very perilous list of results that include:
- An eagerness and desire to get rich
- Using Godliness as a means of financial gain
- Living with a need to fulfill only our carnal desires
- Placing security in gaining wealth
- Sneering at the teachings of Christ
Called Economy is the complete opposite of the Commercial Economy. When you respond to God's Call on your life and enter into the
Called Economy, you will seek to root yourself in the love of God, the love of giving, and of loving people. When you become part of the
Called Economy, you will take on behaviors that promote:
- Brotherly love
Called Economy is rooted in our Beloved God, Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Commercial Economy is rooted in the world. So as you go about your day, think about your life and what motivates you. Focus on your Calling and do not let the love of money dominate your priorities. Guard your heart, your mind, and your tongue and trust in, and rely on God to lead you every step of the way.
References: The Call by Os Guinness; The Root of Riches by Chuck Bentley