The letters to Timothy are amongst the latest in the New Testament. They offer a range of advice including suggested qualifications for positions within the church. A bishop must not be "a lover of money", similarly a deacon should not be "greedy for money", for as we are told later "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains." (1Tim6:10)
How many times a week do we find ourselves involved in some kind of monetary transaction? We live in a highly monetised society. Yes, I probably did just make up that word - but what I mean is that so much of what we do involves money and by implication, if you don't have any then all of your options are extremely limited.
I'm still being challenged by the fact that most of the world lives on $1-$2 a day. How can we live more simply and share more generously?