Money: A Reflection of Our Relationship with God

As money is a medium of exchange in our world today, I see it as a manifestation of what God is doing with each of us.  Our relationship to money is then a reflection of our relationship to God.  Right now, we can choose to be open to allowing ourselves to have a greater relationship with money just as we can choose in each moment to have an ever-greater relationship with God.

My source of wealth is God, and that’s an invisible source. When I go to the bank, cash a check, or receive any form of value as an increase in my wealth, I look to God as my source.  However, when I look, I often don’t see the tracks. I don’t see how the exchange of money was done as a direct outcome of what God is doing in this world.

Through my faith and trust in God, I know God is the source of my wealth. “In God We Trust” is printed on the American primary monetary system.  When we have that trust in God, the infinite power of good, there is great peace, calm and a sense of blessing in our life.  We all have the destiny to be unshakable in our confidence that we are blessed.

Knowing we are blessed is not about what somebody says or what happens in the world. It’s not about how much money is in the bank, where the decimal is on the financial report, or if it’s in “the red” or “the black.” All of that information is really arbitrary.

What matters most is our attitude towards money.  If we have an attitude that the money we have is limited, meaning we don’t perceive that there’s a source of supply for additional money, then we can look at money as something that we have to hang onto and watch very carefully.   We can create a sense of desperation such that people do desperate things to get it, such as lie, cheat, steal, or even kill in order to have it. Those types of actions are based on a deep sense of lack or a threat that our survival is based on that medium of exchange.

Practically speaking, money of itself as paper and coins has very little value for our survival in this world. It’s more important to look at what is behind the money as a representation of our energy.  Money is a valuable commodity for learning how to take care of ourselves and identifying our priorities. It is a great commodity for identifying our needs and our values. Money then helps us focus on what is really important in our lives.

We can learn how to more effectively use money as a medium of exchange, even when it appears to be in limited supply.  Even though there is a limited amount of money in the world, there is more than enough to exchange what is truly valuable.  There are more than enough resources here in the world to abundantly take care of everyone and everything as God is the provider of it all.

Look within to the true source of your wealth.  Look for things in your life that represent abundance, health and happiness, all the blessings already present.  That’s the natural exchange, and it comes out of your worship and faith.  With trust in God, all things are possible. Eventually, we all learn that we have more than enough.

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About John Morton

Through his insightful, practical and gentle approach, John Morton has a unique ability to help others see the blessings in themselves and everything that occurs in their lives. John is the Spiritual Director of the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) at www.MSIA.org, an ecumenical, non-denominational organization founded by John-Roger, D.S.S., with communities worldwide. Since 1979, John has presented and created seminars, classes and workshops around the world for the general public as well as graduate students on topics including loving, peace, wealth, relationships, and practical spirituality. Many of his public classes can be viewed on-line via free interactive webcasts at www.msia.org/live. As the President of John Morton Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and development of spiritual awareness, peace and service, John coaches and consults with individuals, groups and organizations to help promote harmony, learning and growth. John’s clients range from individuals coping with personal, intimate family matters to executives of corporations managing economic and employee challenges. By focusing on the goodness inherent in each moment and each experience, John helps awaken others to their spiritual nature and opportunities for greater success, peace and well-being. John is the author of The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us. Both books are inspirational guides for finding the blessings in ourselves and everyday life, regardless of our challenges. John has written numerous articles on practical spirituality for MSIA’s worldwide newspaper, the New Day Herald, where he often responds directly to questions from readers. His articles can also be found on HuffingtonPost. John received his Doctoral degree in Spiritual Science (D.S.S.) from Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy, the educational arm of MSIA. He volunteers on the Boards of the University of Santa Monica and Insight University. John has two children and enjoys sports, most especially golf. His life partner is fellow minister and Emmy Award winning actress, Leigh Taylor-Young, and when not traveling they reside in Pacific Palisades, California.

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this, John. I could tell it really came from the heart. This statement in particular resonated with me:

    "Practically speaking, money of itself as paper and coins has very little value for our survival in this world. It’s more important to look at what is behind the money as a representation of our energy."

    I think it's so important we create more awareness on what it is money represents for us — both as individuals and as a collective. Thanks for sharing.