Have you ever been told that "money is the root of all evil"? I'd bet money you have. (Pun intended. It was a bad pun, I know.) Anyway, I've heard that phrase enough times to forget what the Bible actually says. It doesn't say "money is the root of all evil", it says "the love of money is the root of all evil".
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." - 1 Timothy 6:10, KJV
There's a huge difference there, and it needs to be clarified. I hope you understand, I'm not going claim that I know what God wants for you. I'm not going to say that He wants you to have the nicest things, the newest smartphone, the best job in the world, etc. I'm also not going to say He doesn't. That's between you and Him. All I can honestly tell you is that He wants you to bring Him glory in everything you do. That's it. It's pretty simple, but we tend to complicate things.
However, we shouldn't forget that God created us in His own image. Meaning, he gave us the ability to think, create, discuss, explore, etc. So let's talk about this whole "money" issue, and whether or not we should feel guilty if we have quite a bunch of it. This can be a sensitive topic, but it's important enough to think about.
Let's get to the bottom of this, shall we?
What is money?
"Few economic subjects are more tangled, more confused than money." - Murray Rothbard
Money is a commodity. It's a medium of exchange and it comes in many different shapes and sizes. Since it's a medium of exchange, the question of why we exchange in the first place is worth asking. To answer this, it’s important to note that in an exchange between two individuals, both people benefit. I can help you, and you can help me.
I don't think God created us in His image to sit around and do nothing. No, he gives us a glimpse of His own mind so that we can have the gifts of creativity, logic, emotions, relationships, etc. If we had none of these qualities, there would be no need for exchange. There wouldn’t even be a need for one another! Yet, it happens constantly, and He gave Adam an Eve anyhow. Why? Because we value ourselves, and we value life. We exchange with one another so that we can create wealth.
"People will almost always say, if asked, that they want as much money as they can get! But what they really want is not more units of money - more gold ounces or 'dollars' - but more effective units, i.e., greater command of goods and services bought by money." - Murray Rothbard
Wealth is another concept that should be clarified. Wealth only exists in the mind. It's relative - it looks different from person to person. The beautiful part about this is that you get to decide what wealth looks like in your own life - because it's relative.
Money isn't evil. Money isn't the root of all evil. It only exists to make exchanges between one another less-painful of a process. There is such thing as a direct exchange, and an indirect exchange. The first is an obvious concept to grasp, and the second is the reason for which money came about.
"The emergence of money happens through a gradual process, in the course of which more and more market participants, each for himself, decide to use one commodity rather than others in their indirect exchanges. Thus the historical selection of gold, silver, and copper was not made through some sort of a social contract or convention. Rather, it resulted from the spontaneous convergence that was prompted through the objective physical characteristics of the precious metals. Money selected in the free market, i.e., money that comes into use by the voluntary cooperation of acting persons, is also called natural money." - Jorg Guido Hulsmann
Obviously we need to be careful with our money, but that goes with everything else we encounter in the world. Have you ever thought that maybe we reverse-idolize money? Maybe, instead of calling and treating it as a tool, we give it too much power by calling it evil.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” - Romans 13:8, KJV