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Category: 1 Peter

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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