I have been thinking lately about how easy it is to worship money. I realized that I am worshiping money or mammon when I measure myself according to the amount of money in my possession. People who do not have a lot of money can be even more faithful worshipers of mammon than people who have surplus. I think we bow to money when we let the amount of money we have or do not have, dictate what we can or cannot do.
I think it is sacrilege of the highest order to subject the image of God to an invention of humans. Money was invented by humans as a means of exchange and a measurement of value among other things. My conviction is that human beings were created by God as God’s image and we are so invaluable that Jesus said even if a man gains the whole world and loses his soul, it profits nothing.
Money is a very good thing when it is controlled and used for good purposes, but could be quite evil when it controls us and we bow to it, allowing it to define our boundaries and dictate our motives. History has showed that history is made by people who have the courage to pursue their convictions with or without evident financial resources.
A friend of mine asked Dr Myles Munroe why he would risk the dangers of the Nigerian roads when he did not have to and Dr Myles replied, “Because death respects purpose”. In the same spirit, I am convinced money respects purpose and flows towards it. In the pursuit of purpose, allowing oneself to be limited by money will be sacrificing one’s purpose.
In the creative process, if we start from what we have or lack, we may abort the process. So also in the pursuit of noble objectives, money is not the first consideration. It has been proven time and time again that unshakable faith, not money, is the principal requirement for fulfilling worthy purposes and becoming a blessing to present and future generations.
I believe every human being is subject to someone or something, consciously or unconsciously. I made a choice to be subject to Jesus Christ, implying that in the pursuit of my life’s purpose, money is not an impediment, unless I choose to make it an impediment. Jesus proved over and over that money is not the principal requirement for doing good. Being subject to Jesus also implies that I have access to the greatest of benefits on earth, which money cannot buy, like eternal life and right standing with God.
One of my favorite verses in the scriptures is found in the book of Revelation. “Deserving is the Lamb, Who was sacrificed, to receive all the power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and majesty( glory, splendor) and blessing!” Seeing that I have access to these amazing benefits, it is easy to not bow to mammon.