In the Bible, there are 2,200 references to money and possessions. That’s three times as many as to love, seven times as many as to prayer and eight times as many as to belief. Money comprises 15% of the Bible. One fifth of Jesus’ teachings were on money and 17 of the 38 parables deal with possessions. Jesus talked more about money than any single topic besides the Kingdom of God. Why? Because the number one thing that causes anxiety, fear and worry in our lives is a sense of lack. Money is a symbol of food, shelter, fun, freedom and all the things we think we need in life. Knowing this, it’s understandable why we humans tend to elevate its acquisition above all else.
This is yet another irony in the Kingdom of God. Jesus teaches that those who try to keep their money will lose it but that those who lose it for His sake will gain it. However, this doesn’t mean that He doesn’t want us to have it. I truly believe that God loves it when good people who love Him succeed in life, but He hates it when they put their trust in the creation instead of the Creator. It’s simply a matter of priority and focus. He is the source of everything good in life; He just wants us to acknowledge that He is. When we do, He will pour out immeasurable blessing!