1 Timothy 6:4 – 5 – ‘… He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicious and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.’
The concept that people will pursue godliness as a means to financial gain astounds me. It seems to me that for the person who wants to be godly, they are strongly encouraged to give of everything they have. To give of their time; to offer up from their finances. They are encouraged to support those in need and to provide kind words to others.
I don’t see how this links with the potential to become wealthy. However, I do know that if you make full use of the talents God gives you in life, then he will multiply these. So if you wholeheartedly pursue a life of godliness, then I believe it can lead to abundant provision from God.
Obviously if this lifestyle is pursued just as a means to financial gain, then it is all a show. And this God will not bless with wealth!
A Means to Financial Gain: Checking Your Motives
It seems that some people feel that wealth is a bad thing. In fact, Christians should not show signs of wealth or prosperity. Surely, if they have more than enough, they will give this excess away!
I desire to be a wealthy Christian. Why? Because I can see how that can help me to further impact God’s kingdom. If I have more than enough, then I can consistently bless others. What’s more, I can give more in church. And I can save more for my children’s future. I can donate to causes God puts on my heart. How can this be wrong? Don’t see your faith as a means to financial gain, but also don’t see financial gain as a bad thing – it can positively impact your faith.
Financial tip – be proactive six days a week to bring in income, develop residual income and increase the value of your property; rest on the seventh day knowing you have been hard working and that God not only ordains, but insists on His people resting so they don’t burn out.
- Free Faith Resource – The Bible (Free Download)