“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”- 1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV
One of the biggest temptations that we face as children of God, just like the world, is to find our identity in things. The world spends so much time and energy chasing for more, more money, a bigger car, a bigger house, and so on. I always ask myself about some of the richest people in the world, and why they are still working? When do they get to spend and enjoy their money when they are always working? That’s when I realized that it’s actually just a trap, a thief of time and to take people away from what matters the most, which is a living relationship with GOD (Matthew 6:24).
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”(1 John 5:12 NKJV). Our identity should be found in Christ and only in Christ, this is where we have life, peace, joy, purpose, and contentment. So whether we have or we don’t have, He is still GOD and He knows what He’s doing (Philippians 4:11). Does GOD have plans to prosper us? Yes, of course He does (Jeremiah 29:11), but He is more concerned about our souls than He is about our comforts. The devil on the other hand knows how to lure us away, and he also knows that he doesn’t have to go far, he uses our own carnal desires to shift our focus.
“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” (James 1:14-15 NLT). It was the love of the things of the world that caused the prodigal son to ask for his share of the inheritance and leave his father’s house. That was shortly followed by the enemy taking over, killing, stealing, and destroying. We need to guard our hearts and minds against desires that are not from GOD lest we pierce ourselves with many sorrows. We need to know how the enemy operates and stop him in his tracks, our lives depend on it! (Proverbs 4:23).
Our identity should be found in Christ and only in Christ, this is where we have life, peace, joy, purpose, and contentment