Our fingerprints and footprints are distinguishing evidence that we are uniquely created. Even so, we also have other characteristics that indicate “there is only one like me”. Our likes and dislikes are a combination of learned behavior and experiential occurrences. Even identical twins and siblings raised in the same environment will not have carbon copy preferences.
One thing is for sure, most of us share the happiness that comes from having money and tangible things that we like. Of course, there are the extremes of hating and loving materialism, but we speak of the comfort that money provides within normal limits. Yet, money ranks as the most powerful addiction that humanity struggles with every day. The lack of money alters our happiness, often plummeting us into depression and desperation. The love of money results in the person possessing no boundaries to obtain it, produces a cut-throat mindset to keep it, and provokes the ability to take from others without remorse.
Yes, we must have money for our basic necessities. Still, our perspective changes when we have an over-abundance of money and material things. Money is pleasing. Money is captivating, and it pulls us into a false sense of security that all is well and will be forever and ever. The power of money is so strong that Jesus addressed and warned us of the conflict and the wayward affections for money. Money is a master!
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:21,24
The most misunderstood scriptures are the ones where God speaks of prospering and restoring us. Our minds spontaneously generate visions of having wealth in our present lives. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2. Yes, the first section of the verse is most often interpreted as a promise of material prosperity. Jesus promised in Matthew 6 to take care of today’s needs without thought for tomorrow. Oh, the peace and joy we would possess if we lived by this promise.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:2-3
Our riches of spiritual prosperity and the inheritance of eternal life will be received at the Second Coming of Jesus. Yes, God is gracious in giving many believers an abundance of wealth to help others. Sadly, we have lost the meaning of sharing and taking care of our destitute brothers and sisters.
Since we cannot judge ourselves spiritually, David gave us a powerful prayer of humility asking God to reveal the status of our hearts: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24. Edited. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers Ministry