Money is a mode of exchange in modern economy, but it has become a symbol of power. The power of wealth. Today I am led to listen to some good teachings on the Bible way of getting wealth. Here is what I have received from listening to the lessons and as I read the Bible verses myself and meditate on them.
There are several points to note here:
- God gives Christians the power (anointing) to make wealth (money).
- Biblical method of making wealth is to actually work hard. Not by other means that the worldly system makes people to think they can pursue without hard work. Note the term used by the Holy Spirit to describe a person who uses other means to get money (a thief).
- The power of money is its ability to affect a person’s future. It is not to be squandered off with gratifying present sensual wants. It is to be used to invest wisely to generate monetary income and physical benefits to secure the future.
- The attitude towards money determines whether the man can make wealth or not. The master of the dishonest manager (steward) knows how to make wealth and stay in wealth. He is not solely dependent on the physical money. He is confident of his continuous favor from God and ability to make money in future despite the considerable losses he has incurred due to his past wrongful employment and trust of the wrong person.
- Your money can be stolen by the thief. But the thief cannot steal your wealth-making talent. You can restore everything that the thief has taken from you unlawfully.
Bible verses are quoted from Amplified Bible.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember [with profound respect] the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore (solemnly promised) to your fathers, as it is this day.
Ephesians 4:28 The thief [who has become a believer] must no longer steal, but instead he must work hard [making an honest living], producing that which is good with his own hands, so that he will have something to share with those in need.
Luke 16:1-12 (quoted in parts with boldness added to highlight) 1 Now Jesus was also saying to the disciples, “There was a certain rich man who had a manager [of his estate], and accusations [against this man] were brought to him, that this man was squandering his [master’s] possessions…8 And his master commended the unjust manager [not for his misdeeds, but] because he had acted shrewdly [by preparing for his future unemployment]; for the sons of this age [the non-believers] are shrewder in relation to their own kind [that is, to the ways of the secular world] than are the sons of light [the believers].
In the following Bible verses, Jesus gives a further teaching in addition to the above. He talks about the greater wealth in heaven and eternity for His believers and followers. There are two essential investments: one for the individual (and his family) future on earth; another is for heaven/eternity. Both are essentials. Note that Jesus equates the word “faithful” to the wise ability to make investment with money (both in terms of physical financial investment and heavenly investment).
9 And I tell you [learn from this], make friends for yourselves [for eternity] by means of the[d]wealth of unrighteousness [that is, use material resources as a way to further the work of God], so that when it runs out, they will welcome you into the eternal dwellings.10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little thing is also dishonest in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of earthly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that [earthly wealth] which belongs to another [whether God or man, and of which you are a trustee], who will give you that which is your own?
Just my personal thought (from ex-banker view-point):
I am reminded that some of us have ‘retired’ from the secular corporate world and can afford to sit back and relax. Reading the Bible I realize that there is no Biblical retirement age except that the Levites at fifty sort of ‘retire’ from active temple service. There is no retirement from working in anywhere else in the Bible. The talent/gift/anointing from God must be invested continuously until He returns. No retirement in view of the aforementioned scarce resources.
The purpose of working and making wealth: “So that he will have something to share with those in need.” (Ephesians 4:28) We need to work for what we share with others too! A very pertinent point. For example if a Christian is often behind or even defaults his monthly loan installment and still goes out and treat others as if he has the money is like stealing from the creditors. When a person borrows a loan he signs an agreement/covenant to repay monthly on time to his creditors. God is a covenant keeping God. He wants us to honor our covenant just as He does.
My own conviction (if I were young and indebted again): Do the first thing first. Pay the creditors his due. Then go out and share with the poor. Cut down on my own food intake and treat the starving poor if I can still have the energy to work after that. (If you can exercise faith you can fast your food and still live and work as usual, a spiritual man advised me many years ago. That started my journey in the Holy Spirit.)
Note: Please read my next post on fasting and Bible verses: