Growing up I was really into this group called Bone Thugs N Harmony. They were the pioneers of tongue twisting rap, where they would flow out super quick rhymes and make it sound really easy and smooth. It was actually pretty impressive! One year they came out with a song called “For the Love of Money”, and it was all about getting money and making that your priority in life as if nothing else mattered.
As a kid, I would sing that song over and over and that became a motto, “Gotta make that money man!” So that’s what I did. I went out, worked hard and started to make a lot of money. That money lead to a lifestyle of many things. Cars, Entertainment Systems, Wave Runner, and the list went on and on. Pretty much anything I wanted I would make money and buy it! So at 18 I had a lot a things!
But one day, I woke up and realized that this life’s motto never brought me any full satisfaction. I was always chasing the next big thing and when I got it, I got over it quickly and wanted something else. Even though I had a lot, I was empty! Today I was reading in the bible about the life which we are suppose to live. It was totally opposite of what Bone Thugs N Harmony were teaching.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Why? Because God is enough!
I have learned that when you chase after money and have a love for it, it is an idol that will take you away from God. There is nothing wrong with money itself, it is the love of money that He warns against. I have seen it over and over again with people leaving the faith or turning from God because they lose site of their purpose in life and start to chase money.
Paul had an amazing mind set in which he knew that this world was temporary. Money and all material things will eventually burn up, but we will last forever. If you want a complete full life, that will only be found in Jesus. You must put God first in your life and be willing to sacrifice everything, the same way that He did, even if that means learning to be content with what you have now.
Jesus is enough!