Money is a spiritual matter. This is the third post of this series Money and Family. The 10 Commandments for your finance management. We will see that money is not just paper. Neither is it related to energies or superstitions. Meditate on this text and discover how to achieve true peace and success in your finances.
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The question is not how much money you have but how you think about your finances. Jesus called the money Mammon, referring to an evil entity that opposes the Kingdom of God. This is a Hebrew term meaning wealth. But Jesus makes it clear that he is not talking about a simple amount of money. His speech is broader and encompasses the spiritual world.
Do not worship material things
The second commandment is “Do not worship material things.” God alone is worthy of all worship. I remember when I said that I adored something in my childhood, my uncle Cacalo answered in jest: Adore only the Lord Jesus Christ. Play with real background.
‘You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.’Exodus 20:4
To worship means to adore, to venerate, to give special devotion. Many people literally worship riches. They value their belongings above people and devote much of their time to conquering and maintaining material possessions. In this way, they try to quench a human need. Because man was created to worship. But only God is worthy of worship.
Have you made of your work or riches an idol? Have you put your money above God? Think about it for a moment. To not worship material things, review your schedule, your investments, and adjust your priorities.
Do not use the name of God selfishly
Moving on to the third commandment, “Do not use the name of God selfishly.” Many people pray in Jesus’ name for something they desire. They are actually praying for their own benefit using the name of Jesus. Jesus taught us to pray in his name when we are in agreement with his will.
‘You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.’Exodus 20:7
Whenever you say you are doing something to God, do it from the heart to God. Do not accept other motivations with self-interest. This applies well to your financial resources. For example, if you make a donation to a person, do for the good of this person without self-interest. God loves those who give with joy. What does not fit is to use God’s name to cover up one’s own selfish desires.
Money is a spiritual matter
Remember that money is a spiritual matter. So use your resources to serve God and the people around you. Many will thank God for being benefited by your money. So you will always see your riches increase.
‘One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. ‘Proverbs 11:24
Prayer: God, thank you for being my good Father. I acknowledge that money is a spiritual matter and that I need to take care of my finances wisely. Please take from my heart all selfishness, for I want to honor you with my resources. I pray and thank you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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