Wealth in the Bible

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Category: Leviticus

While You Plant

Leviticus 25: 20 – 23 – ‘You may ask, “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?” I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in. The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.’

While you plant… have you noticed that God has said he will provide 3 years worth of provisions?  That is, in the sixth year, enough will be provided for years 7 and 8! For some, it would be so easy to rest in this and decide to take 3 years off! God is already pointing ahead to a time where sewing needs to happen for future reaping.

While You Plant...

While You Plant…

He promises to provide for our needs if we’re obedient to His demands on resting – ourselves and our land.  Note however that He also expects us to act in times of abundance, knowing that they won’t always last.

In the eighth year whilst we are still benefiting from the abundance of year 6, we are to plan for the years to come.  This includes sewing for future reaping!

In verse 23 He reminds us that on top of being the God who can bless us and direct us, he is also the owner of the land that we should dutifully work. We live on this earth such a short time and it is our responsibility to be wise stewards of all God blesses us with in this time. Be sure to plant and rest in the right seasons!

Wealth tip: You only win with 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!

For Three Years

Leviticus 19: 23 – 25 – ‘“When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.  For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten.  In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord.  But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit.  In this way your harvest will be increased.”’

Do you plant seed for the long term?  Or do you desire an immediate result, particularly one that benefits you?

I would anticipate that the above verses are to help productive plants to get established.  Following the three years of not harvesting fruit from trees that were planted, in the fourth year the harvest is to be dedicated to God.  It isn’t until the fifth year – even if the tree has been productive in the first year – that the reward is offered to the one who planted it.

For Three Years: are you Willing to Wait for Results?

For Three Years: are you Willing to Wait for Results?

And what is the result?  An increased harvest.

We need to learn to wait on God’s perfect timing.  We need to acknowledge that some results from works we have done can be improved, can be increased.  We also need to offer up praises to God for the fruits of our hard work.

It is through God that we are able to be successful, not through our own works.  By being obedient to Him, we will see a greater harvest.  Perhaps this is more people reached for Christ.  Perhaps this is a family member finally saved.

Don’t be so impatient about seeing fruit occur, that you cut corners.  Any positive result for the kingdom of God shouldn’t be seen as taking too long.  As a wealthy Christian, practice authenticity, patience and obedience.  God will increase your harvest if you listen to and follow Him.

Financial tip – consider if a loan is necessary to make purchases; other than a mortgage, in a short time frame it should be possible to save regular amounts and purchase items outright. A $10,000 car could end up costing you $12,000 over a 5 year period and will devalue by half in the first 12 months. Buying a similar vehicle that is 12 months old with cash may be a much smarter move financially.

Leave them for the Poor

Leviticus 19: 9 – 10 – ‘”When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen.  Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.”’

Do you hate waste?  Do you make sure you’ve eaten every last morsel on your plate, picked every last vegetable from the garden and ensured none are left unutilised?  There is a fine line between not wasting and being greedy.

God's word Commands: Leave them for the Poor

God’s word Commands: Leave them for the Poor

God’s word in Leviticus commands that we provide for the poor and those who are foreigners.  We can do the same today, even if we don’t have fields and a harvest.

If we prepare food and it is too much, invite someone over for a meal.  If we no longer have use for an item of clothing or furniture, donate it where it will be used.  A wealthy Christian is one who knows how to give.  Before you throw something out because it is no longer of use to you, consider if it could be of use to someone else – one who is in need; one who could really benefit from it; one who needs to be shown a simple act of kindness and love.

Consider how you can follow God’s command to leave them for the poor in your daily walk with Christ.

Financial tip – in any mortgage, make your repayments fortnightly rather than monthly. There are 26 fortnights in a year and only 12 months, you will end up paying off equivalent to 13 months in a year if you pay fortnightly and save a lot more on interest.

Thoughtless Oaths

Leviticus 5: 4 – “‘Or if a person thoughtlessly takes an oath to do anything, whether good or evil – in any matter one might carelessly swear about – even though he is unaware of it, in any case when he learns of it he will be guilty.’”

Are you a person of your word? Or, do you make promises without giving them a moment’s thought (thoughtless oaths)?  It can be so easy to agree to do something without considering how it will impact others.  Have we considered the pressure it could put on ourselves, our God, our reputation and even our family and friends?

Do you Take Thoughtless Oaths? Or are you a Person who thinks and Follows through?

Do you Take Thoughtless Oaths? Or are you a Person who thinks and Follows through?

As Christians, it is important to be mindful of what we agree to and what we promise to do.  We need to be people of our word.  We need to be people of integrity. If you are in business, this may be even more obvious in the sight of non Christian people.

As those aspiring to do great things for God with the wealth that he blesses us with, how even moreso important! Be a person of your word. Live life with integrity and follow through on promises to act. If you cannot do something, be a person of your word here, too! Indicate that your answer is no and follow through with this. Give requests thought, answer honestly and respond based on your answer.

God’s word clearly indicates in Leviticus that if we respond without thinking, we are guilty.  Guilt occurs whether or not we are aware of it!  Becoming aware of it allows us to repent and act appropriately.  Consider wisely what oaths you make.

Financial tip – set up a savings account and have any spare funds sitting in here; make the decision to save any amount on a weekly basis, even if it’s a dollar a day. Money in savings is working for you.

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