Paul writes about the “love of money,” but sometimes we disguise it as something else. We justify our financial decisions and commitments, calling them wise investments, good stewardship, or planning for the future.
He hints on whether our ambitions and investments are destructive or positive: What do we long for? Do we long for money? More influence and power? The admiration of others? These are the very things that can undermine and essentially replace our longing for God.
Paul reminds us that the size of the paycheck isn’t necessarily the issue, it’s about the object of our desires- what we pursue each day above all else.
Father God, keep me from the love of money. Let me always remember that You, not money or things, should be the object of my desires.