We live in a materialistic world where money and material things have become the highest pursuit in many lives. While work for money to take care of our needs and that of our family is very important, work, work leading to being workaholic because of money is a serious pursuit that can lead to neglect of other important things in our life. Such attitude can lead to the neglect of the worship of God who created us and gives us life and ability to work and make money. While we all need money as a medium of exchange for other commodities in life, money is not supposed to take the first rightful place of God in our life. The Bible scholars tell us that Jesus talked more about money than any other subject in the Gospel simply because He knows of the dangers that love of money can lure us into. Hence, Jesus said “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to only one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Apostle Paul also warns his spiritual son Timothy and all believers in Christ about the danger of money love. He said, “Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. . . For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wondered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1Timothy 6:6-8, 10). We all probably know or have heard of some people who would go to any length and do anything in pursuit of money ending in tragedy at the end of the day.
One of the greatest problems, perhaps the greatest that many of us believers in Christ have in our relationship with God is the problem of money. By God’s own economy in order to save us from the dangers and sin of money love, He enjoins us as a beginning point to give one-tenth of our income to Him through His church. The remaining nine-tenth is for other needs in our life. Statistics shows that many of us in every church find it difficult to practice tithing faithfully and regularly out of our love for God and the stability and progress of His church. We lie! We cheat! We use what rightly belongs to God for our own fleshly desires. That practice is so comfortable with many of us that it has become a life-style and yet we constantly desire God’s blessings on us!
As we begin the New Year 2019 this first month, I pray personal self-examination for each one of us for genuine repentance if we are failing in this area. And I pray thereafter for genuine commitment with God’s help to start right away to be faithful. God’s Church through AEBC needs our faithfulness to do all that God wants to do in 2019. It is your responsibility and mine to love God more than money. So help us God. Dr. Johnson Omoni