So after three weeks I don’t think I’m going to get a pass any week of this series. It appears that I wrestle with all the idols thus far [sigh].
The Illusion of Money by Pete Wilson
No one thinks money is an idol in their lives.
Greed comes in so many different forms, in so many different ways, appealing to so many different desires that we don’t even know it’s there.
Rate yourself from 1 to 10 on the following. 1 = not true of me, 10 = very true of me:
- The statement “There is no money in the bank” creates more anxiety in me than the statement “There is no God.”
- Does your fear of not having enough often impede your desire to be generous?
- You have money in the bank but no peace in your heart.
- I often struggle with doing the right thing because I know it’s going to cost me financially.
- I find myself saying, “If I had this much then I would be satisfied.”
- I spend more time thinking about what I do not have than I spend thanking God for what I do have.
Greed is not only the love of money but the excessive anxiety over it.
Illusion 1: More money will give me more security.
I Timothy 6:17
Illusion 2: More money will give me more peace.
There are few things in life that we worry about more than money.
Illusion 3: More money will make me more generous.
Statistics prove that lower income people give a higher percentage of their income away.
To break the cycle of “get, get, get” you have to “give, give, give”.
How are you going to fight back against this idol this week?