"The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it."
Money, Wealth, & Christian Living
Money is God's Blessing & God's Tool
Here are some radical statements for you to gnaw on:
1) God wants you to make money. 2) God wants to bless you with money. And the most radical statement of all: 3) God wouldn't mind making you incredibly wealthy.
I'm prepared to get some emails voicing some objection for my having made those statements. Many evangelical people see such things as going against the Bible's proscribed piety. We often think that money (especially increasing loads of it) is somehow anti-Christian. Real piety is just having enough, so it is thought.
As mentioned in our previous issue, money is a tool. It is one of God's means for promoting his aims, kingdom, and glory. So the more money the Lord blesses us with, the more we can invest in his purposes in this world. As a result, the more benefit can return to Him.
Think of it this way: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God. In order for people to come to faith, there needs to be ministers out there preaching and calling people to repentance. But that minister needs to eat too. He needs to be supported. A direct link exists between the work of evangelism and the finances that make it possible. So, from whence will those funds come?
It's obviously from the support of God's people. And, if more of God's people are wealthy, they can be more apt to support more missionaries who will disciple the nations.
To be sure, there are cautions and warnings about the pitfalls of money. Wealth can be dangerous. People can be tempted to find security in it, make a god out of it, or use it for means the Lord never intended (such as excessive pleasure, exorbitant luxury, oppression, etc.).
Those vices should be guarded against, but they do not impede the fact that the Lord wants to you to have money, wants to bless you with money, and wouldn't mind making you incredibly rich.
In the Old Testament (Deut. 28) the Lord talked about the blessings that would come to the nation if they walked in his ways. Many of those blessings were expressive of financial gain:
Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Deut. 28:3-5
That's pretty much Moses' way of saying that the Israelites would be living large. Of course, he wouldn't say that they would be living 'high off the hog' for matters of cleanliness, but the idea is certainly there.
We know that the Proverbs do not make blanket promises, but these sayings do typically describe the normal way the world operates under normal circumstances. So it is no surprise that Solomon says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
The point is clear: Honor God and he will bless you with an increased economic standing.
More Scriptures could be cited (Deut. 8:18, Proverbs 21:5, 10:22, Lk 6:38 to name a few), but the point is all the same: God wants you to make money, wants to bless you with money, and wouldn't mind making you incredibly wealthy.
Obviously, there is more to say about wealth and God’s intentions regarding it. A. LOT. more. Certainly, how to gain it it is one place to start, which (Lord willing) we will do next time. But here again we must acknowledge what a right view of money consists of.
Wealth is a tool. Specifically, it is God’s tool. It is not my tool or a tool for my own aims and desires. It is a means God uses to sustain his people, grow his kingdom, bless the earth, and increase his glory. Being that it is a tool that he intends for such ends, the Lord wants you to make money, wants to bless you with it, and wouldn’t mind making you rich with it.
How does he do that? Let's find out in our next Hopewell Weekly.
This article is part of a series of messages on a Biblical view of money. Be sure to read parts one & two.
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