1Ti 6:9-10 NKJV But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 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.
The Apostle Paul seems to link these two ideas:
- Those who desire to be rich
- Love of money
Our contemporary understanding tends to separate them. We think it is perfectly reasonable for a Christian to desire to be rich but at the same time be free from the love of money. But Paul seems to be suggesting these synonymous terms – if you desire to be rich you also love money.
This raises two important questions
- What is ‘rich’?
- And what about those who desire to rich for noble purposes?