What does the love of money do to a person who lives for it?
A study on the Book of Luke Chapter 16: The Love of Money
The love of money will make you steal from your job, taking money and wasting it for your pleasures.
“Jesus also said to His disciples, “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.” -Luke 16:1
The love of money will make you become a dishonest person. You will do whatever it takes to get yourself out of trouble through unrighteousness, cheating people for your benefit.
“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the sons of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the sons of light.” -Luke 16:8
The love of money will make you be an untrustworthy person in all aspects of life. Living for money will corrupt the heart and make you hardhearted towards others and unfaithful with one’s responsibility with other people’s things.
“Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” -Luke 16:10
A person cannot live for money and God at the same time. Whomever you serve, it will make you like it. Worldly wealth will make you more materialistic and greedy, pushing you to live for the flesh. You won’t desire the return of Jesus Christ, for your heart will be anchored in this world.
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit will change your spirit and transform you to look and act like your Creator, Jesus Christ.
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” -Luke 16:13
Leaders in the churches who love money will become corrupt and useless for the kingdom of heaven. They will reject clear commandments from Jesus to stay away from the love of money.
“14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all of this and were scoffing at Jesus. 15 So He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is prized among men is detestable before God.” -Luke 16:14-15
Avoidably, choosing money over Jesus Christ will take you to Hell, a place of fire, and deep darkness forever.
“19 Now there was a rich man dressed in purple and fine linen, who lived each day in joyous splendor. 20 And a beggar named Lazarus lay at his gate, covered with sores 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.” -Luke 16:19-21
“22 One day the beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. And the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham from afar, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. For I am in agony in this fire.’ -Luke 16:22-24
All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.