Earning, spending and saving up money are all essential activities of modern human life. We earn to spend on things we need. And we save up for unforeseen circumstances, such as losing a job, a health crisis in the family etc.
All of this sounds pretty harmless, so it seems pretty over-the-board when the Bible describes money as the root of all evil. What is this even supposed to mean? Where, in the midst of these ordinary life activities that one mentioned above, does money turn from a necessity into poison ivy?
This is explained by a statement of Jesus, where he says that money can be an evil master. He means that money can lead to pretty disastrous and destructive consequences when made the driving motivation of life. When we buy into the popular modern cultural belief that money can buy anything, including freedom, it ironically ends up enslaving us. In order to understand this, we only need to look at the history of human life and experiences, that is replete with examples of how greed destroyed families, societies and even nations.
God, on the other hand, Jesus said, is a kind and good master and father, who can offer us true freedom to thrive and be our best selves. Under this kind master, money can be a useful tool that not only meets our needs but also becomes a channel of blessing to many around us.