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 10% of households possess 70% of the nation’s wealth; the bottom 50% own 2%. I wonder who possesses the other 28%? Nevertheless, with these mind-boggling statistics; the truth I have come to know, on a personal level. No matter your net worth there are just some things money cannot buy.

“May your money perish with you…”

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.

…her faith account was overflowing.

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)

Notes: Statistics taken from Wealth Inequality in the United States Wikipedia.

And thank you all for your continued readership and support. Stay tuned for Part 2. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!

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2 Comments »

  1. Loved this …… the OJay’s grew up and got their start, about two miles away from me. They are “hometown heroes” and there is a street named after them. ❤

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