The Brokenness of Valuing Wealth

The Brokenness of Valuing Wealth Devotional Reading and Podcast

Every aspect of our lives is based on uniform standards of measurement. Body and atmospheric temperatures, height, weight, clothing, shoe, human growth, development, weigh stations, diamonds, and other gemstones are weighed in metric carats. Still, the most critical measurement is in the air we breathe which is a mixture of different gases. The air in Earth’s atmosphere is made up of approximately 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen which is essential to sustain human life.

According to the experts, standards of measurement ensure that measurements are uniform all over the world. Uniformity in measurements makes it possible for scientists to present their data in a way that is understood and accepted by all scientific communities irrespective of the location and language barrier.

One would think that we have enough standards, but we have added one more–Financial Wealth. We measure people by their family background, ethnicity, their careers, how high their position is on the corporate ladder, economic and social status, the communities they reside in, the homes and vehicles they own, the clothing they wear, and the influential people they know. All of these metrics have been created from humanity’s misconception of success, your value is determined by the wealth and prosperity you own.

The level of financial inequality around the world is staggering. According to a new Credit Suisse report, 47.8 percent of global household wealth is in the hands of just 1.2 percent of the world’s population. Those 62.5 million individuals control a staggering $221.7 trillion…

Using Financial Status to measure a person’s value is a globally accepted standard and supersedes governmental laws, moral codes, ethical standards, and religious laws. We will never truly know the people who have used their money to escape the consequences of wrongdoing.

Sadly, most of the world’s adult population has embraced this skewed standard: “A person’s financial wealth determines their value.” And how has this worldview impacted Christian believers? We have six generations of people who are emotionally broken and spiritually bankrupt. Our worries, anxieties, and insecurities are usually associated with our financial status. 

Even young children are impacted by this satanic worldview of wealth. Those who do not have designer clothing and shoes are devalued by their peers. Recently I listened to a young boy around 10 years old sharing an experience of his classmates bullying him for his choice of generic sneakers. His answer was phenomenal, My parents and I use our extra money to help those who are poor and in need. His answer immediately stopped their harassment.

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” –Matthew 6:19

The origin of our brokenness is that we were born into sin. Satan is aware of our innate weakness to never be content with the blessings that we have. And that’s how Mother Eve was deceived.

Our carnal desires will always gravitate toward earthly treasures. Those five senses encourage us to chase the things that exemplify financial worth. Truthfully, many individuals desire for others to praise and exalt them based on their external appearance of possessing great financial wealth.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

There is something about chasing wealth that is kept quiet, enough is never enough. And because of the insatiable desire for more, we become fragmented. Our priorities change. We lose our relationship with Christ and our spiritual foundation changes from standing on Jesus, the solid Rock to sinking in the sand. 

When our identity is attached to tangible items, the result is emotional insecurity and spiritual separation, we are distracted and lose sight of whom God says we are. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…” (1 Peter 2:9).

When Jesus asked the man at the pool of Bethesda, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6), He not only healed the man’s physical blindness, the man was made whole spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

God does not desire that we exist in a state of brokenness. God created us to have happy, joyous, and healthy lives. To be made whole is based on the condition of obedience. We have to decide whether we will give up the worldview of accepting wealth as a measurement of humanity’s value along with our love and dedication to money. 

When we understand Jesus’s love for us, we begin a spiritual journey of healing and transformation. The first thing that you notice is a change in the way you think. Through the study of the Scriptures, we find evidence that God loves us. Your value is based on whom God says you are. Are you valued by God? “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

The sacrificial offering of Jesus, God’s only Son for our redemption supersedes every worldview that threatens to diminish our worth. Amen!

Prayer: God, we pray for those who have lost their true identity and value which comes from You. We were created in Your image because You love us. We pray for the strength to overcome materialism and to let go of the worldviews that conflict with whom you say we are. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of Jesus. Amen.

Author: steps2successwithspiritualsolutions

It takes courage, perseverance, faith, and trust to serve God in today's unstable world. Yet, we are never alone. Pray daily and pray often. Study the Bible. The Scriptures are a Love Letter from God to those who accept Jesus as their personal Savior. You will receive comfort, knowledge, and wisdom. God says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." Jeremiah 31:3. Be blessed in Jesus' name. Amen.

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