Giving has the power to break the back of materialism. As long as we teach, exhort and practice giving, the nasty hands of materialism will never be able to grasp us in their clutches. I cannot emphasize this enough. As we hold money openhandedly and maintain a practice of liberal giving, we have an insurance policy against materialism and the love of money. If we try to hold on to money, it will ensnare us; but if we hold it loosely, money will never control us. We will control it! Having money will never bring joy, but giving money can bring great joy.
The scriptures teach in 1Timothy 6:10 that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. The “love of money” is a term that refers to materialism. Please note, this scripture does not say money is the root of all kinds of evil. If this were true, many of the Bible heroes would have been disqualified because they had abundant financial resources.
In verse 17 of this same chapter Paul explains further; “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” Here in this verse is found another illuminating definition of materialism: putting our hope in wealth. Instead, our hope must remain in God who gives us abundant provision for our enjoyment and for the completion of our mission.
He really loves us that much!