Material desire is an area where Christians struggle big time with embracing the law of attraction. Part of it stems from the fact that the secular law, which receives most of the media attention, preaches a selfish, material use for the law above all else. You can have the car, the house, the boat, the jewelry you’ve always desired. Kind of like a cheesy late night infomercial, this appeal to our self-indulgent side is offending (and, might I venture, a little scary) to a lot of Christians.
Can we agree, however, that to further God’s kingdom here on earth we need physical resources? Have you been to church lately where they haven’t taken a collection? Isn’t a big part of a missionary organization’s job to raise funds? And haven’t you felt just a little bit guilty (there’s that word again) at times that you couldn’t do more for these causes?
Often misquoted, 1 Timothy 6:10 declares: “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Not money itself, merely the love of it above all else. We should love the Lord above all else (Matthew 22: 37), but having money won’t prevent us from doing that. In fact, Jesus himself knew the benefits of having money – His disciple Matthew, Zaccheus and Joseph of Arimathea were all wealthy and had prominent places in Jesus’ ministry. (Joseph even donated the land to bury Jesus after he was crucified). There are many rich men in the Bible who were favored by God: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon, Jehoshaphat, and more.
Probably the best way to describe how money might negatively affect our relationship with Christ is the concept that our hearts have a pre-built-in space in which Jesus wants to live, and he won’t live in any other space. That space is reserved to house our most important allegiance.
If there is something else in that space, Jesus can’t live there. That “something else” is often material possessions, but can be anything: a girlfriend or boyfriend, our profession, or even exercise or another hobby.
None of these things are bad if they are kept in the right perspective with what is the most important – or rather, kept in some other space than Jesus’ space. Jesus wants our commitment and that special space in our hearts. Money is just one thing that could get in the way.
Excerpt from God’s Law of Attraction: the Believer’s Guide to Success and Fulfillment available on Amazon.com in paperback or as a Kindle download.