False God: Money

The world worships money. Most people wrongly use it to determine their worth and how they should value others.

In fact, every year, Forbes ranks the world’s wealthiest people, and without fail, news outlets and social media sycophants jump all over the list as if it’s the cure for Cancer.

But it’s time to acknowledge the consequences of money worship and see money for what it is—a tool. Money shouldn’t be a measuring stick to rank people from greatest to least. Instead, we should use it to improve lives.

That’s why I love Hebrews 13:5; it says: Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.

You see, it’s your relationship with God that adds value and worth to your life. Not your six-bedroom house on the hill.

Speaking from experience, I can tell you that everything great in my life comes from God. The love and joy I get from my children, friends, and family are invaluable and not based on how much money they or I have.

No amount of money can replace my ability to see, walk, hear, breathe, laugh, think, or perform every other function that seamlessly fuels my life.

Unfortunately, it’s when people lose their ability to function without the aid of machines or medicine that they’re willing to sacrifice everything they own to regain the things they were given (by God) for free.

We also know people who would trade every dime they have just for one night of pain-free sleep. Some of them would forgo all future earnings if it meant they’d never have to visit another doctor’s office for treatment.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want you to think that money is evil—because it isn’t. It’s a common misconception that the Bible says money is the root of all evil—because it doesn’t. 1st Timothy 6:10 clearly states: The love of money is the root of all evil.

If you find yourself wanting more money, a bigger house, nicer clothes, and shinier jewelry more than you want to pray, read your Bible, or serve others, then you need to reorder your priorities.

We need each other more than we need money. Proverbs 18:1 tells us that: A man who isolates himself seeks his own desires, and he rages against all wise judgment.

So instead of judging, hating, and wishing each other dead, we need to love each other. And instead of hoping and praying that God wipes your enemies off the face of the earth, you need to ask God to grant them mercy and long life.

In 1953, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a sermon in Atlanta, where he warned about the negative ways money can impact society and their individual lives. Here’s a snippet from that sermon:

Money in its proper place is a worthwhile and necessary instrument for a well-rounded life, but when it is projected to the status of a god, it becomes a power that corrupts and an instrument of exploitation.

When men arrive at the point of making money a god they become more concerned with what they can get out of society than with what they can give to society in terms of service.

When men bow down and worship at the shrine of money, they are deprived of their most precious endowment—the possibility of living life in its fullness and its endless beauty.”

Dr. King said those words almost 70 years ago. And they still hold true today. Later this week, President-Elect Biden will address the nation and, in essence, the world during his inauguration.

During his speech, it’s expected that he will outline a plan for societal and financial recovery. A plan that will only work if we use our resources as tools to aid in our healing and not the source of our healing.

Remember, God wants you to use your money to help people, not use people to get more money.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you find time to meditate on today’s scripture and live with more joy in your heart and more wisdom in your mind.

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