Wealth in the Bible

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Category: James

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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