“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless” – Ecclesiastes 5:10

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” – Romans 13-8

“Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.” – Psalms 37:16-17

“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow” – Proverbs 13:11

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5

There is nothing wrong with working to achieve goals in life.  Working to earn an income to support your family and live comfortably is a noteworthy objective.  It is when accumulating large sums of money is the primary goal that people lose their way and live a life of greed and domination rather than a life of helping others and supporting a family beyond money.

Once money becomes the objective rather than meeting life’s challenges, a person loses their Christian Values of helping others and making the world a better place to live for everyone. 

It is noble to work hard and become successful, but when the accumulation of wealth is the objective rather than providing for your family and helping others, the effort becomes wicked.  In some cases, other people will suffer due to one person’s greed.

We must not make money our objective in life.  We must understand that money is just a part of our base to create a full life that generates support for our own family and other people.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Jack helping Sarah manage his company

Jack works hard to support his family. He earned his master’s degree in chemical engineering, and he started a successful business.  He came from a family that lived in a poor neighborhood and struggled to meet general family needs.

Jack was focused on making sure that his family never worried about basic needs and always had resources to travel and have a secure future.  Therefore, Jack worked many hours and did everything he could to make sure his customers were supported.  Jack spent nights and weekends making sure all his customers were supported. 

Jack focused on his investment accounts, making sure he was continuing to grow his net worth.  Jack had three children.  He had little time to spend with them because he was working so hard to provide for them.  Jack learned that his oldest son Bill was going to drop out of graduate school.  Jack asked Bill why he was leaving school.  Bill told his father that he did not wish to be like him.  In church, he learned that there was much more to life than earning money.   Bill told his father that he wanted to pursue a different life where he would think about his family and all the people around him.  Earning money would be part of what he did, but not the entire objective.  He did not want years to go by and not have anything but money to show for it.  Bill said he can make a good living with his undergraduate degree and have time to help his family members and friends enrich their lives.  Bill did not want a career that dominated life like the career his father had.

Jack was devastated by what his oldest son told him.  He never realized how much he missed by not participating with his family and friends.  Now he had a high balance in his bank account, but he missed being part of his children’s lives when they were growing.   He thought about all the times he told his family or friends that he could not participate in an activity because he had a chance to make more money with his business. 

Jack was devastated.  He promoted one of his staff members, Sarah, to take on some of his responsibilities with his company.  He immediately began spending more time with his family and he tried to develop friendships.   

Although he missed most of his family time, he was committed to doing everything he could with his time remaining to focus on his family and friends and not on his bank account.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

We must focus on all our life, and not allow money to dominate our efforts.  Of course, it is important to earn enough money to support life for your family.  However, if you are not careful, it is possible to focus too much energy on earning money and not realize when you are losing important parts of your life.   If you are not committed to supporting your family, friends, and other people; you will have money and nothing else.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.