Luke 16:9 (KJV) 9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
Some people say, “Money is the root of all evil,” but it’s a well-known truth among believers that that saying is inaccurate. The Bible’s rendition is, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Clearly there are many people who use money in very ungodly ways, but equally true is that there are very godly uses for them as well. In fact, our precious Lord Jesus encourages us to do that: use them extremely wisely; use them in a manner that they will yield eternal benefits.
Heaven—eternal life can never be bought, and that’s really good; not one of us can afford it. This doesn’t preclude our handling of finances from good stewardship and accountability; we’re going to answer for how wisely or unwisely we manage them. The tone of the passage seems very serious. Surface reading may suggest loss of eternal dwelling—heaven—as a result of failure to make friends through them. But this isn’t so. Our full dependence and surrender to Jesus as our Lord and Savior is the only basis whether or not we are welcomed into the eternal presence of our Father.
This is a call to believers. True believers use their hard-earned income for God and His Kingdom; doing so is a joy and wisdom for us. We know: one of their greatest uses is as instruments in building relationships. No, we don’t pay for friendship, but we need to spend for gas, food, phone, and a lot of other stuff for us to bond with others. Our intention to be a friend is sincere, at the same time, we deeply desire that all of our friends be saved. This is one of the ways finances matter eternally. Yes, we invest this often-seen-as-devil’s-instrument for heavenly purposes.