BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
Scripture Reference: Matthew 27:9
Money is not the root of all evil, but “The love of money is the root of all evil (II Timothy 6:10).” When we exalt money and its’ acquisition over and above our relationships, we have slipped into the danger zone of idolatry. Money is not more important than our relationship with God; therefore, we do not compromise our callings, values and principles for the sake of money. Jesus Christ said, “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (Luke 16:13).”
Money is not more important than our relationships with ourselves; therefore, we do not base our self-image, our self-esteem or our self-worth based on our ﬁnancial status. Our true identity is that we are “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ Jesus (Romans 8:17).” The truth is that in Christ, there is no lack or limitation. As we grow in Christ consciousness, we grow in the manifestation of our prosperity in all areas of life, especially financial prosperity. The more we evolve as spiritual beings, the more we hold to our divine heritage as children of God.
Money is not more important than our relationships with others. We can buy things but we can’t authentic relationships; therefore, we do not prioritize money over our marriages, partnerships, family and friendships. Judas betrayed Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver, which is the equivalent of about $600. He loved money more than he loved Jesus Christ. After the betrayal, he tried to give the money back but the religious leaders refused to accept it. Full of guilt and shame, Judas eventually hung himself. When we worship money, we hang ourselves.