Proverbs 10: 15 – 16 – ‘The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor. The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.’
Do you classify being wealthy as being rich? For you is it a monetary term? Are wealth and money the same thing? Let’s look at some synonyms for wealth, again: riches, prosperity, affluence, funds, treasure, abundance, variety and choice.
I believe it is possible to be rich and wealthy, or to be just one of these. You can have an abundance of funds but be wealthy because you recognise your true worth in God and His blessings to you. These could include good health, a beautiful family, more food than you need and affluence in a business market, the ability to make positive choices about your life and your family’s.
Income isn’t necessarily a positive thing. It depends on how it is earned and how you utilise it in your life. Money isn’t the answer to wealth and happiness – God is. Recognise the abundance you have already, use it to bless others and work hard to increase it. Why? So that you can bless even more people!
Acknowledge that your wealth comes from God and utilise it to bless Him. See that He won’t increase your abundance further so that you can have affluence in areas He’s desperate to reach.
Financial tip – some forms of giving can be tax deductible, which can benefit your financial position at the end of the financial year and result in the ability to give out of any tax refunds you may receive.