Wealth in the Bible

Using God's Blessings to Bless Others…

Author: Christine (Page 2 of 18)

Will Lack Nothing

Proverbs 28:27 – ‘He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.’

It can be easy for us to say that we will give more, just as soon as we receive more. This is how the world works. However, this is not how God works. In His word, He encourages us to give whenever we can and to give all that we can. He even makes a promise regarding those who give to the poor. This promise is that they will lack nothing.

God's Word says he who Gives to the Poor Will Lack Nothing

God’s Word says he who Gives to the Poor Will Lack Nothing

That’s a pretty incredible statement! When we endeavour to reach out to the poor; if we give to them, then we will lack nothing! If however we choose to close our eyes to their need… When we decide it’s easier to plead ignorance, then God frowns upon this. He even says that people who close their eyes to others in need will receive many curses.

It doesn’t seem like a difficult choice to make. If we give to the poor, we won’t lack anything. If we refuse to acknowledge the poor, we will receive curses. In light of this, what will you choose to do?

Remember, there are so many ways that you can give to those in need. You can invite them over for a meal. You can offer them a smile or a kind word. And of course, you can give of your finances or out of your abundance. As you give, God will make sure you have enough for yourself. In fact, often he states that he will provide you with abundance because of your generous heart.

Financial tip – meal plan; organising what you will cook each week or month will help you to utilise what you have bought, rather than leave food unused in cupboards and buy other things.

Poverty Awaits Him

Proverbs 28:22 – ‘A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.’

When you think about how you are in life, do you consider what awaits you? If you’re aspiring to be a wealthy Christian, are you being generous? God’s word says that if we are stingy, then it doesn’t matter that we’re eager to get rich. In fact, poverty awaits him who is stingy.

God's Word says Poverty Awaits him who is Stingy

God’s Word says Poverty Awaits him who is Stingy

What is stingy? Well the antonym is generous. Doesn’t that say it all! Someone who is stingy may otherwise be known as sparing or grudging.  They are mean or tight-fisted with their finances and other belongings. In other words, they have issues with giving. Even if we desire to be rich, if we refuse to be generous with what we have – and what we will acquire in the future – then God warns that poverty awaits you instead!

Poverty Awaits Him who is Stingy

God’s word is clear on being generous to others. Be generous with your love; give of your time. If you have more than enough, then share it with those in need. Give of your finances. If you don’t have this attitude, then it seems that God is saying you have no right to be entrusted with wealth! And even the opposite will occur – poverty awaits him who is stingy.

Be sure that you desire wealth for the right reasons. And as you journey to become a wealthy Christian, practice generosity at every opportunity.

Financial tip – establish the difference between needs and wants. Do you need your next purchase? Can the money be better invested elsewhere?

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Abundant Food

Proverbs 28:19 – 20 – ‘He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.’

Working results in having food in abundance, while being faithful results in rich blessing. Is it a surprise to you that God’s word indicates that he who works will have abundant food? Not just enough to live on or enough for oneself and the family. No, it says abundant food. As in, there is more than enough to go around. In fact, there is left over so that you can share with others and store away! We should work to earn our keep and know that it will lead to blessing others.

He who Works his Land will have Abundant Food

He who Works his Land will have Abundant Food

The other side of this verse indicates that the person who chases fantasies will have their fill of poverty. Because they are running after unlikely ideas, they will find themselves lacking. And if they are lacking, then there is no way they will be able to provide for others!

If we work hard, we find ourselves with more than enough. On top of this, if we seek God wholeheartedly, then we will be richly blessed. What a wonderful thing!

The second half of the second verse indicates that the person who is eager to get rich will not go unpunished. Now it doesn’t specify what this punishment will be. However, I believe if a person is eager to get rich – then this comes before their love of God. The punishment here is an eternity without God.

Abundant Food

Being a wealthy Christian isn’t a bad thing. But you need to put God first and be willing to work, in spite of the riches you may have acquired in your life. Remember, if you work, then you’ll have abundant food and that will allow you to bless others and plan for your future.

Wealth tip – unsure where your money goes? Make a money diary for a month or two listing every cent spent. Cut out unnecessary spending!

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Not Greedy for Money

1 Peter 5:2 – ‘Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;’

You may not realise it, but chances are there are members of God’s flock under your care. These could be family members that are new to Christ – siblings, children, even parents. Or they could be friends who you’ve been able to bring to Christ. Even new members in your local congregation will be looking to you. They will be observing how you live your life as a mature Christian; how you respond to others and show Christ’s love.

God’s word indicates that we should willingly shepherd God’s flock, being eager to serve. Likewise, we are advised to be ‘not greedy for money’. Perhaps this verse could be used as an argument for why Christian’s shouldn’t be wealthy.

Be not Greedy for Money

Be not Greedy for Money

Be Not Greedy for Money

Desiring wealth and being greedy I believe are two different things. Someone who has a healthy desire for wealth wants money that they can use to make a positive impact for God’s kingdom. They desire to have funds to help generate change.

Someone who is greedy wants finances for their own personal gain. The two are far from each other. Be not greedy for money, but desire to be a good steward of the finances God has blessed you with. In this way you are setting an example for the flock under your care and you are setting yourself up to acquire more money. Money, that you can use to make a change in this world.

Wealth tip – consider splitting your budget into the areas of tithes/offerings, living expenses and saving.

Whatever Gift

1 Peter 4:10 – ‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.’

God’s word indicates that we should make use of whatever gift we have received. God has given us each a unique set of skills and interests. We are instructed to make use of these to serve others. I believe we can also use these gifts to generate wealth.

An example – some of my skills involve educating and writing. One of my passions is horses. I combine these by writing educational novels about horses that earn me an income. Income I can use to save and give.

I don’t write because it earns me money – I do it because I love to! An added bonus is that I can earn from it. Better yet, it generates me a residual income because I write a book once and sell it many times! I believe this can be the way for many of us with whatever gifts we have received.

Use Whatever Gift you have Received to Bless Others

Use Whatever Gift you have Received to Bless Others

When you are passionate about something, you are more likely to succeed with it. Why? Because money isn’t your driving force. And yet, money can come because you invest so much time and enthusiasm into this area you’re passionate about.

Whatever Gift

Consider what gifts you have and how you can use them to bless your local church. Also, consider if there are ways you can utilise your skills to earn and generate wealth. It could be through getting a job in an area you’re passionate about, or through creating products or resources to sell to others. Think outside the box; your passion may be able to earn you money. Just remember to use whatever gift you have to bless others – not as a sole means to earn income.

Wealth tip – budget your money and follow this.

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Who has Discernment

Proverbs 28:11 – ‘A rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.’

We’re still following on my study of the bible in a year (link), in spite of the fact that we have hit a New Year! Today’s verse considers the difference that may exist between a rich man and a poor man. I believe it is advising against being proud. It is so easy for us to look at our achievements and to grow proud because of them. We’re wise in our own eyes! But God’s word says that a poor man who has discernment sees through him.

He who has Discernment is Better off than he who is Rich

He who has Discernment is Better off than he who is Rich

I will stress again; it is not for ourselves that we should desire to be wealthy. It is to promote the Kingdom of God. If our wealth focus is selfish, then this will be loud and clear to everyone watching – especially those with discerning eyes. Having wealth does not make us godlier than a Christian who is lacking. In fact, it can take us away from God if our focus becomes money.

He who has Discernment

Do not be someone who is lacking in discernment as you acquire funds. Recognise where your wealth comes from and stay grounded. Keep your focus on Him and follow His guidance. Then you will not fall into the trap of having others looking upon you and seeing a fool who has lost the correct focus. Do not be wise in your own eyes; attribute it all to God. Then the person who has discernment will see Christ in you.

Wealth tip – if the amount the need or want to save isn’t possible on your current budget, consider where costs could be cut or more money could be earned.

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Amasses it for Another

Proverbs 28:8 – ‘He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.’

Does it ever bother you when you put in all the hard work, but someone else reaps the praises? At the end of the day, we should be so focused on doing God’s work that it shouldn’t bother us whether we’re noticed for it or not. God notices! That said, God’s word above indicates that those who earn wealth in unethical ways won’t get to keep it. It will be passed onto someone else. And who will it be passed to? The person who is inclined to be kind to the poor.

Amasses it for Another: how are you Acquiring Your Wealth?

Amasses it for Another: how are you Acquiring Your Wealth?

This is a motive check for us all, surely! Firstly, we should be mindful of how we accumulate wealth. If we do it in a manner that is deemed unrighteous, God will take it from us.

Secondly, why do we want to amass wealth? God will make sure it gets into the hands of those who will look after and bless His children. I’ve said it before – God will get it to you if He can get it through you.

God Amasses it for Another

Be willing to use your finances to reach out to God’s hurting and lost children. If this is your heart’s desire, then don’t be surprised if finances come your way unexpectedly. After all, God amasses it for another who is willing to do His work here on earth. That could be you!

You will never have enough to help everyone who needs it. But if you have a heart to do so, God will provide the opportunity – and the provision – to reach many for His kingdom.

Wealth tip – consider only borrowing money to purchase assets that will generate income for you, not for products that will decrease in value over time.

Accompanied by Action

James 2:14 – 17 – ‘What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’

Prayer is a wonderful thing – God can move mountains. However, as James points out, it is ridiculous for us to wish people well – even to pray for their health and wellbeing – and not be willing to come to their aid! Our faith needs to be accompanied by action.

Faith by Itself, if it is not Accompanied by Action, is Dead

Faith by Itself, if it is not Accompanied by Action, is Dead

Imagine this. You interact with a friend who indicates that they are struggling to keep on top of their finances and that money is tight for food. You wish them well and say you’ll pray for them. And indeed you do! You pray for God to provide a means for them to have enough finances and also food in their stomach. What if you were supposed to be that means?

Some people we can pray for – and this is all that we can do. Others, we may be in a position to help out in deeds as well as words. Prayer is a wonderful thing, but don’t feel that it is all you can do for others. Be a wealthy Christian. Make sure your fervent prayer to bless others is accompanied by action when you are able to. Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.

Wealth tip – God is the provider and overseer of our finances; He will provide what we need and more if we are willing to invest it for Him.

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Pure and Faultless

James 1:27 – ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.’

Perhaps you have just read the above verse and now you’re questioning how this relates to wealth? Is it your desire when you reach heaven, to have God say to you, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant?’ I think this statement will follow those who have had a religion that is pure and faultless. For the wealthy Christian, I believe this will in part be through dutifully following the above command.  This is, to look after orphans and widows in their distress.

When you are provided with abundance by God, it is your duty to make sure it is used to bless others. God’s word focuses on the orphan and the widow. If you aren’t already, consider ways your finances can be used to look after orphans and widows. In this way, you will be working towards a faith that is pure and faultless in God’s eyes.

Be Pure and Faultless with your Faith; Give of your Abundance

Be Pure and Faultless with your Faith; Give of your Abundance

I think it’s important to look at the second half of this verse, too. We are advised to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world. We live in a society where at times it seems that the sole focus is every man for himself. We’re encouraged to use products that make us feel good.  We can buy on credit so that we can have now and to even study courses that we will need to pay back in time.

I’m not saying that loans are a bad thing.  However, it does fit in with the culture of buy now, worry about the consequences later. We need to shake off any preconceptions that the world owes us. Or that it’s ok to pursue because we’ve worked really hard and deserve it just this once.

Pure and Faultless

As a horse person, there is a quote that resonates with me – no hour that is spent in the saddle is wasted. Let’s consider something like this from a faith perspective. No dollar that is given to those in need is wasted.

Are you utilising your wealth in a pure and faultless way? Do you give to the orphan and the widow? Are you seeking out those in need and finding ways that you can bless them monetarily, with actions, with words and a smile? Be sure to look at the world through God’s eyes, not your own desires which can be polluted by the world and what it deems important.

Financial tip – don’t shy away from second hand. Many things you need don’t have to be brand new. You can save a lot of money if you’re willing to purchase something previously loved by another: a fridge, car, lounge suite, etc.

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The Generation of the Upright will be Blessed

Psalm 112:1 – 3 – ‘Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.’

I love these verses. There is such a promise in them – one that goes beyond one generation! Firstly it indicates that the person who fears the Lord (you and I) is blessed. When we find great delight in God’s commands and fear him, we are blessed. On top of this, the children of that person will also be blessed! And why is this? If you follow God reverently and teach your children to do the same, then God’s word says they will also be blessed. The generation of the upright will be blessed. As you teach your children to fear God, you are passing on the best possible thing that you can.

God's Word says the Generation of the Upright will be Blessed

God’s Word says the Generation of the Upright will be Blessed

As well as being blessed and having children who are blessed, the man who fears the Lord will also have wealth and riches in his house. How incredible!

It should be enough for us to have a saving knowledge of Christ and be in relationship with God. But on top of this, He promises to bless us and provide our house with wealth and riches, if we fear Him. Wow.

The Generation of the Upright

God wants to bless us. Furthermore, He wants to provide us with wealth and riches that we can use to do good on this earth. Don’t think that having more than enough as a Christian is wrong. Keeping it to yourself when you can bless others, is wrong, but wealth itself is not! The generation of the upright will be blessed – fear God and teach your children to do likewise.

Financial tip – compare the benefits of saving money and earning interest with keeping loans down that are incurring you interest. A mortgage may charge 5% interest while savings earn you 4% interest. It is wiser financially to put extra funds against the mortgage and save interest of 5%, rather than earn interest of 4% that ends up getting taxed.

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