When he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, “This is what the man said to me,” he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring. – Genesis 24:29-30
Laban (Rebekah’s brother) was a greedy, dishonest man. We see the first hint of his despicable character in his early encounter with Abraham’s servant. His motives were clearly revealed when Jacob (Rebekah’s son) returned (many years later) seeking a wife.
The love of money is indeed the root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). Is it truly necessary?
By money, God produces much good; however, in some Christian ministries there is an unhealthy preoccupation with it. Leaders can often be the guiltiest. One must certainly manage God’s resources well, but if a leader takes more delight in a big offering or donation than a new convert or if he is more excited over the addition of a wealthy donor than one with meager resources, then a bankruptcy of spirit may be of greater concern than a declining bank account.
A wise mentor once told me, “Trust God. Tell people.” The Lord will ensure that you have what you need to obediently accomplish what He desires. Use wisely what is provided, but don’t fall in love with it, for in an instant it can all disappear.
A dreadful thing is the love of money! It disables both the eyes and ears and makes men worse to deal with than a wild beast, allowing a man to consider neither conscience nor friendship nor fellowship nor salvation. – John Chrysostom
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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