“Money Hungry”

            Most kids are always hungry. Some of them want to eat all the time, especially if the menu consists of ice cream, candies, cakes and other sweets.

            One of my grandchildren in particular, has a voracious appetite. She is hungry all the time. She is definitely not a picky eater. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between fall prey to her insatiable hunger.

            This week, however, she was literally money hungry: She “ate” (swallowed) a quarter and maybe more coins. Her parents had to rush her to the hospital. I am praying that the coin will flow out and that she will be “money free.” I also hope that God will curb her “money cravings.”

            In this humanistic and materialistic society, many people are power hungry, which is to say that they are hungry for money. Money for them is not only a tool that can bring them power, but it is also an idol that they worship.

            It is sad to see the power of money in action. Nations go to war over money. Marriages end over money. Lives are ruined over money and even Christians become unfaithful servants of Christ as they pursue riches and pleasures.       

            Jesus warned us about this when He said:

            “No one can serve two masters” (Matt. 6:24).

            He was referring to the simple fact that we only have One MASTER and it is not money, but the Lord Jesus Christ.

            Working hard and earning good money is not a bad thing; in fact it can be a very good thing. A person that works hard and is responsible in his job has the traits necessary to also labor for the Lord. Earning good money can also be a great blessing in order to support our families, the church ministry and to help others in need.

            Loving money or being hungry for wealth is never a good thing. We must serve God and not gold; we must love the Messiah and not money and we must follow the Word and not seek after wealth.

            “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” (I Tim. 6:10).

            Are you hungry for money, or for Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life?

            A. G.

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