C.F. Leach|Longreads|January 2020| 8 Minutes|1969 words
In late 1973, there was a song ‘For the Love of Money’ sung by the Ojays. The song’s title comes from a well-known Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (KJV)
These lyrics are so profound.
For the love of money
People will lie, Lord, they will cheat
For the love of money
People don’t care who they hurt or beat
For the love of money
A woman will sell her precious body
For a small piece of paper it carries a lot of weight
Call it lean, mean, mean green…Almighty dollar
Growing up we were always inspired by the thought of living the American Dream. Going to all the right schools, joining all the right organizations, networking, getting your dream job and living a successful life of comfortability and luxury. Grasping the brass ring of success, a token for all of the hard work enabling you to ‘call your own shots’.
For years we’ve always heard he who has the gold makes the rules. And with wealth you have great power and happiness. But is that really the truth or a farce? A wise man once said, “Believe half of what you see son, and none of what you hear.”
The truth of the matter is the top wealthiest 1% possesses 40% of the nation’s wealth; the bottom 80% own 7%. I wonder who possesses the other 53%? Nevertheless, with these mind boggling statistics; the truth I have come to know, on a personal basis. No matter your net worth there are just some things money cannot buy.
In the book of Acts there was a man named Simon. Who practiced magic in Samaria and really amazed all of the people. He always boasted of himself as being great. This sorcerer was so gifted the people said “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” Simon the Sorcerer amazed the crowds with his magical powers. However, this ‘greatness’ he bragged about was not the power of God. Then he became acquainted with this power…. When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. (Acts 8:18-21)
Simon’s mind was not right concerning God because he equated his sorcery and the Holy Spirit to be one in the same. Sorcery is not of God—the Holy Spirit is. (Isaiah 63:10) Simon quickly found out no amount of monies could purchase the gift of God. There are just some things money cannot buy.
Consider the woman with the issue of blood she’d had for twelve years. Spent her entire life’s savings on physicians who could not heal her. This woman was financially bankrupt but her faith account was overflowing. Then she developed faith determined. This sick woman was determined, no matter what; if she could touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she knew it would make her whole. She sought Jesus despite religious beliefs and people’s opinions even though her situation had been hopeless those many years. She pressed her way through every legalistic, mental and physical trial imaginable. Because her faith convinced her the point of contact for her healing was in the hem of Jesus’ garment.
As a matter of fact, he didn’t even have to notice her. She was not looking to be seen. She was looking for a miracle. Her revelation was getting into the presence of God. That’s what some of us need to do—just get in God’s presence. She realized Jesus was walking with the power of her healing. To her, the anointing of healing permeated his entire being even his clothing. She came from behind and touched the border of His garment. Immediately her flow of blood stopped. Upon this contact Jesus asked who touched him as he felt power leaving him. This woman fell at his feet and confessed what she’d done and how she was healed. To which he replied, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:43-48)
When we observe people standing in all sorts of money lines for healing and such; my heart literally goes out to them for two reasons: They truly are seeking to be healed. But the one thing wrong with this equation— they are trying to purchase a gift from God. Of which He gives freely if you have the faith to believe. (Mark 11:24-25) Trust in Him. Instead of men who will easily beguile you with their sleight of words and illusions. For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
In 2008 I was diagnosed with one of the deadliest forms of Leukemia. My doctor only gave me a 20% chance of survival. Life expectancy thirty days without chemotherapy and unbeknown to me only three months after my chemotherapy. A bone marrow transplant was impossible since I was the only child of my parents’ union. The odds of their matching me were slim to none. The rest of my gene pool was entirely dried up. And the National Bone Marrow Registry probably wouldn’t have a match. As not many African Americans donate to the cause for a lack of knowledge concerning the matter.
While getting off the gurney in my hospital room, I received a word from the Lord saying “This sickness is not unto death.” Then He posed a question. “Whose report will you believe?”(Isaiah 53) One didn’t have to be a guest on American Bible Challenge to know the answer to that question. I will believe the report of the Lord! I knew what to say. Nevertheless, was it really etched on my heart and in my spirit? Yes, there were a lot of people praying for me from Florida to Illinois and beyond. But the thing really bothering me was if my heart was right before God.
There was no correlation with an epiphany. I wasn’t angry with God. Nor did I ask Him why me? I simply got on my knees and asked Him to forgive me for taking my life for granted. For years my husband would always tell me. “People talk about being blessed. Don’t they know good health is a blessing?” That statement rang so true in me like the bells at Westminster Abbey! Now the scripture has meaning which says…though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (Acts 17:27-28)
It is the spirit who gives life…
After praying, reading the word, watching and listening to DVDs and cds on healing. Teaching bible studies and meditating on the Word. My revelation was I could be a billionaire. But if God did not heal me all the money in the world could not save me. The revelatory place of blessing is a place where God shows what he is capable of doing and what he will do on your behalf. After the first round of chemo they could no longer find the leukemia. However, decided to give me the standard treatment anyway. The day my hematologist told me he knew I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. But it wouldn’t because he believed I was healed—He told me he knew I was a woman of great faith. When he left the room I got down on my knees with tears in my eyes thanking God. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)
There used to be a commercial back in the 80s that said, “Membership has its privileges.” Referring to the credit card you never leave home without? Well that’s the way I feel about being His offspring. This membership too has greater privileges and I try never to leave home without Him. Again, there are just some things money cannot buy.
Let’s suppose for a moment you are in good health, have the ‘so called’ perfect family, a luxurious lifestyle, plenty of money in the bank and that black credit card that’s the white noise in the working man’s background. You are on everybody’s invitation list and throw phenomenal soirées yourself. But, are these ‘everybody’s’ your friends in the true since of the word? Or just coat tale riders because of your societal status? You are not even sure yourself. This has you somewhat paranoid.
Every now and then you need to put a check on with whom you are associated. The litmus test of a true friend is one that sticks with you when you are going through the most dire circumstances. Who will go with you to the west end of Hell and back without complaint or gossip—when everyone else has vanished into the woodwork. One who will not turn on you at the drop of a hat. Has a real understanding of your idiosyncrasies. And will convince you of your self-worth when you’ve lost it under a pile of life’s disappointments. This observation will also tell you a lot about their character. But in case you didn’t know. A friend that will stick closer than a brother and love you not matter where you are is Jesus Christ.
Now the covers are pulled back and you are finding out things are not always what they appear. The most dangerous animal in society’s zoo is not the devil—it’s money. When money comes up people change. But when you know God and walk with Him, you realize it is not what you have; but who you are in Him. That’s the blessing in being one of His offspring.
So at the end of the day you are restless. That prestigious position has you stressed to the max. Your children are transforming into spoiled brats, who feel they are entitled to everything; but have earned nothing. Now you are having to take a pill to relax and one to keep you awake—You feel lonely and depressed in a room full of people. This brass ring has you seeing a therapist twice a week to help you sort out your life. Seemingly you have everything; yet would give anything to have peace in your life. But you just can’t seem to find it. Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than have a banquet in a house full of trouble. (Proverbs 17:1)
It seems to me we complicate our own lives, more than anyone or anything. When we place our faith in bank accounts and people. But no faith in our heavenly account and God. Then I suppose the better question would be are you making any deposits in that one? And are you placing your faith in God? Yes, we need money to live in this life. As my youngest daughter always says, “It is simply a tool and nothing more.” By these biblical illustrations and my testimony it is not money that gives us life. No, it is the power and authority of God and Him alone that does these things.
Someone once asked me, “If you could have anything in the world what would it be? The divine favor of God in my life. I would have no need for anything more.” God’s favor placed a family in an ark of safety, miraculously preserved a people throughout biblical history, made men kings, women queens, toppled kingdoms, conquered innumerable armies and even made time stand still. He did this all through his eternal power, not some special effects company. There are just some things money cannot buy.
Are you depositing your treasures in your heavenly account where vermin cannot destroy it and thieves cannot steal it?
Statistics taken from Wealth Inequality in the United States Wikipedia.
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