Recently, I have been working on increasing my own spiritual understanding of wealth, income, and money. Because I value the teachings of Jesus very highly, but because some of his teachings about wealth and money in the Bible have left me feeling confused, I asked Jesus to help me understand his teachings on wealth and money. There are seven Ascended Masters who teach me along the spiritual path, and none of them seemed to prioritize wealth, income, or money, yet in the world of today, we can’t seem to eat or stay healthy or wear clothes or have a roof over our heads without substantial amounts of money.
So, I asked Jesus, or Jeshua, to help me understand his teachings on wealth. I specifically asked Jesus about several quotes that can be found in the Bible. I will post an entry for each answer that I received from Jesus.
First, the quote “You cannot serve God and wealth,” which can be found in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verse 24.
Here is the response I heard from Jesus: “Wealth and serving God constitute two different ways of life, two different lifestyles if you will. Serving wealth is a way of life that entails a great degree of attachment; attachment to money, attachment to accumulated wealth, as well as attachment to outcomes that bring one that wealth, without necessarily focusing on the impact of that outcome on others.
“Serving God, by contrast, is a way of life that entails non-attachment, both to form, and to the outcome of events.
“Keep in mind that, when I walked the earth, there was a different life situation for so many people, for the majority lived in poverty, and the Roman government was oppressive in its taxes, which fell on top of the Jewish temple taxes. So many people were double-taxed, that they in effect had virtually nothing left after they paid taxes, often forced to do so through violence or threats of violence. And in those days, people did not receive much of a return on their taxes as people do today: there were no schools, few roads, no post offices, and no government offices which provided helpful services, as so many do today.
“To gain wealth in those days, workers were paid less than a living wage, often just enough to provide one meal for them and their family. The injustices were many and devastating for the large numbers of very poor people. Some people gained wealth through the unjust tax system, which caused suffering and poverty for many as well.
“When we consider wealth, we must consider the many injustices which are built into the system of acquiring wealth. In my day, there were many injustices, and because of Roman rule, there were only remnants of the Jewish system of laws which could right those injustices.
“Today, in your situation, many people do not know how their wealth affects the suffering or empowerment of other people around the world. That in itself is part of the system of injustice in the structures and systems of wealth acquisition in your world today.
“Serving wealth means prioritizing acquisition of wealth over prioritizing justice. As the many prophets who spoke before me taught, God’s ways of being and doing upon the earth include justice for the poor, the marginalized, the sick, the hungry, and the oppressed. Ideally, as implicit in early Judaism, before the period of the kings, the governments of the people create no systems of injustice or oppression. Rather, God’s intention is that the distribution of goods happens justly, as the early Christians showed by ‘sharing all things in common.’
“So, my dear ones, those who would serve God will serve the highest good for all people, which cannot be accomplished if we merely prioritize attachment to wealth, without consideration of where it came from and how it came to us.
“Those who seek wealth by blessing others, are they not also serving God first? This is the way to serve God: give, serve, bless, show, teach, share, and then receive. As long as the giving and serving for the highest good comes first, then God will be served, and you will receive. Be blessed, my loved ones, for God loves you truly, and blesses you with all you need.”
Thank you, Jesus!
May you be blessed with the true wealth of oneness with the Divine,