The bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. However, if we are really honest with ourselves, the love of money is nothing more then the love of self because money is used to bring our selves what it wants or thinks it deserves. The money simply reveals the prideful selfishness of the flesh by exposing what it wants. With or without the money, the seeds of sin are still there lying dormant waiting to spring up at an opportune moment.
We can see this in the account of Judas’s betrayal of Jesus. Most believe that Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. That the love of money drove his actions. In reality the love of money only revealed what was already in his heart that actually drove him to betray Christ. That being pride, jealousy, envy, and selfishness. We know this because he betrayed him before any money was offered for the betrayal. The betrayal happened in the heart, the money only sealed the deal.
“And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.” – Mark 14:10-11
You see, in the verses leading up to this we read that Jesus was in the home of Judas’s father. A woman came in, washed his feet with tears, dried them with her own hair, and anointed his feet with oil for burial. Judas was in charge of the treasury so all the money they collected went to him for “keeping”. Scripture tells us that they murmured against this woman for her humble obedience to the will of God, saying she should not have wasted her expensive oil on Jesus’s feet. Rather she should have sold it and added the money to their treasury to be used how they saw fit. Judas’s father is even recorded as thinking to himself that if Jesus knew what manner of woman this was, He would not let her touch Him much less anoint Him. To which Jesus proves that He knows all, including the true state of every heart, by exposing his prideful thoughts. He then states that this woman will be remembered all over the world for all ages for what she has done. Thus exposing and fanning the pride, envy, jealousy, and selfishness in the hearts of both Judas and his father.
“And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” – Luke 7:44-47
“Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.” – Matthew 26:13
In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus tells us that though adultery is evil, even looking on someone in lust is sin. He states that though murder is evil, to simply hate someone is still sin. Sin begins in the heart and if not rebuked and repented of, will eventually manifest through our hands as evil actions. So yes the love of money is truly the root of all evil actions, but the seeds of sin are planted in pride, envy, selfishness, and jealousy. It works something like this: The words of the enemy planted in Judas’s heart was the seed, the money was the water, and the action of turning Christ over was the unfruitful thorn that sprung up from that seed choking out a once fruitful disciple of Christ.
“And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” – Mark 4:18-19
Rebuke the words of the enemy every single time he tries to sew envy, jealousy, pride, bitterness, and selfishness into your heart. For these are the bait laid to lore you into the fowler’s snare and cause you to be entangled once again in the bondage of sin.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1