Want to Be Rich?
My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Want to be rich? If your instinctive response was ‘Yes please!’, then take care! For the Bible tells us that ‘people who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil’ (1 Timothy 6:9-10). So, perhaps we need to think again!
Now, the Bible isn’t against money. Indeed, God often promises to provide for our needs (though ‘need’ isn’t always be the same as ‘want’!). David’s own testimony, even while experiencing hardship in his life, was that ‘the lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing’ (Psalm 34:10). The trouble is, so many of us spend so much time thinking about money. In many ways, that’s understandable, for we live in the real world and need money to survive. But while we can’t live without money, we do need to be careful; for when we start focusing too much on money, it’s a sure sign that money, and not God, is becoming our god - and Jesus said very clearly, ‘You cannot serve both God and Money’ (Matthew 6:24).
Actually, the Bible is very realistic about money, and gives practical guidelines on handling money which help ensure it keeps its proper perspective. We can sum these up like this: (1) Get your money honestly (not through dishonest, shady or sharp practices); (2) Use your money wisely (by providing for yourself, your family and your future, and not getting into debt); (3) Handle your money faithfully (understanding that we are simply stewards of what God has entrusted to us); (4) Share your money generously (remembering that ‘God loves a cheerful giver’, 2 Corinthians 9:7); and finally (5) Stretch your money amazingly (through the principle of tithing, which ensures that the nine-tenths you are left with goes further than the ten-tenths you would have had!)
Through our application of these principles, God brings his promised contentment into our lives. Try it and see!
‘Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ (Matthew 6:33)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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