“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God” (verse 24)
We have all heard the catchphrase “Follow the money.” Popularized in the 1976 motion picture, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, it describes a means of pursuing the motivation behind an action. It is very often applied to high ranking officials in the political arena. The unfortunate reality is that money, and the power it wields, often corrupts.
Jesus warned us in Matthew 6:24 that, “You cannot love both God and money. Adoration of one feeds contempt of the other” (the Message). So being hell-bent on having money seems to be the root of the problem, right? WRONG. We are told in Hebrews 13:5 to “keep your lives free from the LOVE of money and be content with what you have.”
Clearly the issue is not money – it is the love of money. Big difference! In truth, some of the most God-honoring people in the Bible were very wealthy dudes.
When asked to identify the most important commandments (Mark 12:30, 31), our Lord said, “Love God and love your fellowman.” In fact, loving money didn’t even make the Top Ten.
Bottom line: Money is to be used, not loved. People are to be loved, not used.