In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobeyoung Edmund encounters the White Witch. When she asks what he would like to eat Edmund requests Turkish Delight. As the story continues we read that Edmund quickly eats what is placed before him and desires more. C.S. Lewis reveals to the reader that this enchanted treat would never satisfy the one who ate of it. Instead it would only leave a person longing for more. Left unchecked a person would eat until it killed them.
In Hebrews 13 we read of another type of Turkish Delight, the love of money. The author of Hebrews warns the reader to flee from the love of money. He does not say that money itself is evil. Therefore, it is not sinful to have money or work to earn it. The warning is against possessing a love for money.
As a result, this passage is not just for the wealthy. It is for every person. As Kent Hughes notes, the author is not addressing our bank accounts. He is addressing our hearts. The love of money can be something that plagues the wealthy and the poor.
So, what does it mean to have a love for money? This occurs when we try to make money satisfy our needs. When we place our joy in the acquisition or possession of money. When we find our identity in the number of zeroes in our bank account. When we find our security in our ability to save it. When we find happiness in what it can buy. In other words, when we allow it to be our ultimate source of joy and satisfaction. We love money when we value it more than God. All throughout the New Testament we see warnings that echo the severity of a love for money (Mark 4:19; 1 Timothy 3:2; Matthew 6:24; 1 Timothy 6:10).
So, how do we flee from a love for money? The answer comes in the following verse. We are encouraged to be content. This is something the apostle Paul knew a lot about. In Philippians 4 and 1 Timothy 6 Paul writes about the importance of contentment. He knew how to live in abundance and to suffer in need. He realized that this world is temporary and all the material things we value in life will eventually pass away. He writes that he is able to be content because of the grace and power of Jesus working in and through him.
And ultimately, as we survey Paul’s life we see that they key to being content is placing your joy, your happiness, your satisfaction in God. It is to be so fully satisfied with God that you no longer care about the temporary treasures this world has to offer.
This is the ongoing call to each follower of Jesus. To continually seek to obey Jesus’ command to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 6:24) trusting that God will take care of all of our other needs.
And so, in light of this passage ask yourself, where is your joy and satisfaction found? If we are honest we all can admit of our need to continue to dive into the greatness and majesty of who God is through His Word. And we need to seek God in prayer asking Him to help us treasure Him more in our lives.