The relationship between money, which is outer richness, and soul, which is inner richness, can easily confuse us. The Bible frequently delves into this paradox which has always been so much a part of all of our lives. For example, as Jesus Christ starts for Jerusalem he is approached by a wealthy man who asks, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus tells him to observe the Commandments, but the man says he has observed them from his youth. Then Jesus says, “sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But the man has great wealth and departs in sorrow. Of all those whom Jesus specifically invited to follow him, only this wealthy man refused.
Jesus then observes that “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” So the largest beast in Judea can more easily pass through the smallest opening than a rich man discover the wealth of his inner life. Why should this be so?
The problem is easy to state but not so easy to understand or resolve in our daily lives. Because money has its origins in exchanges with the divine, it lends itself to the belief that it is the source of well-being and abundance. In this way, money appears to be the divine source. Thinking this way makes us worship money rather than the richness within ourselves.
This excerpt is from The Secret Life of Money: How Money Can Be Food for the Soul