"Money changes everything." - Cyndi Lauper
I have a guilty obsession with Cyndi Lauper. So much so that my mother/son dance at my wedding was to a Cyndi Lauper song. I'm not ashamed.
In her song, Money Changes Everything, Cyndi really captures how the human heart can shift so quickly when money gets involved. All of our blessings don't seem so good anymore.
Once we can afford new stuff, our old stuff becomes less valuable to us. Money at its core is really just a concept; it doesn't actually exist.
It's a voucher for other stuff. Money holds no real value. We only place value on the things that money buys. So why does something that's essentially fictitious hold so much of our trust?
Money is not a bad thing. Money is actually an extremely good thing to have. How we spend it is what dictates if we're using it for good.
We've all heard the phrase "Money is the root of all evil." That's from the Bible. There's only one problem. There's one pivotally important word that's being left out of that phrase. That word is "love."
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils." 1 Timothy 6:10
Having money isn't bad; loving money is bad. Placing money above what's actually important (God, family, relationships, etc.) is bad. Making money your idol is a devastating sin.
I often daydream about what I'd do if I won the lottery. I'd buy all this stuff and life would be spectacular. Then I snap out of it and realize that money may change everything, but it doesn't fix anything.
If an angry person wins $1 Billion, then you've got an angry billionaire. If a lonely person wins $1 Billion, then you've got a lonely billionaire. You catch my drift.
The sin is not in making or having money. The sin is in idolizing money. We must make sure we keep money on the lower sections of our priorities list where it belongs.
So what should a Christian do if they have a lot of money? Give it away.
There's a wonderful purpose behind Scripture's encouragement for us to give our money away. It's an opportunity for us to worship our God.
By giving away our money, it helps us understand just how unimportant money is. Once we understand this, we see how mighty our God is. That propels us towards Him with an unmatched adoration.
I really encourage you to try this if you never have. Give 10% or more of your next paycheck to a church, a needy family or an organization. After you give, pray that God will open your eyes to Him in ways that He never has.
Pray that your money goes to help people who are far more in need than yourself. Pray that God can help you understand that money can't provide a gateway to happiness. Only Christ can do that.