Proverbs 13: 7 – 8 – ‘One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. A man’s riches may ransom his life, but a poor man hears no threat.’
It is easy to get caught up with the world’s idea of success. Wealth often comes into play here and for those who desire it (but don’t have it) they put on a show. This is easy to do today with the use of loans and credit cards.
You can borrow money (at a cost) to have the latest car, clothes, phone and other accessories. You can look rich. It is possible to give off the impression of having wealth when in fact you have great debt.
This isn’t wise. This isn’t the action of a wealthy Christian.
For those who give the impression of being rich, they may find people asking them for money. They may even find they become a target for having their possessions stolen. If you promote your own (apparent) wealth, it can gain the wrong kind of attention.
Pretend to be Poor
On the other hand, if you are closed mouthed about your wealth, this can greatly benefit you. It doesn’t mean you go around talking about your lack. This would be lying.
Instead, it means that you don’t overtly promote if you have more than enough. Even if you are giving an incredible amount because God has blessed you with abundance, you don’t need to promote these good works.
If people don’t know about your wealth, they won’t ask you for it. They won’t expect you to give to their latest cause. They won’t be jealous of your abundance. They won’t steal from you.
If you pretend to be poor, then you can focus your abundance on whatever God leads you to. You don’t need to be pressured by outside sources that are often not God inspired. Learn what to share and what to keep a secret. Not everyone needs to know if you have an excess of funds or other things in life.
Wealth tip: You cannot lose on an exponential increase. If you put money into a savings account, this earns interest. Once this is earned, the interest earns its own interest. You can’t lose!