Thursday, October 13th, 2011
The Right Way To Get Rich
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)
Much is written in the Book of books about money, a.k.a. 'Filthy lucre' (Titus 1:11). And loving it is 'The root of all evil' (1 Timothy 6:10). Money is not evil, but greed is evil. Money is a tool to do the will of God. Thankfully, it is God's will that His children live in abundance; 'They will have abundance' (Psalm 37:19).
So, where do we draw the line between abundance and greed? Do we take the better paying job, get the extra degree, make the deal? Thankfully, we don't have to decide how much is enough. God decides. God provides. We seek His guidance, and He gives it. We seek His will, and He gives His blessings.
When we tithe, our money increases. 'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows' (Malachi 3:10).
What I have learned is that God's money, the good kind of money, is supernatural. It transcends the laws, jobs, and common decisions of this world. Its accumulation follows no practice or rule that makes human sense. Human cents are not God's cents. God is not a penny pincher. He is a big God, and all of His gifts are big.
They don't necessarily start big. But they become big in the never-fail law of spiritual investment.
Here's the thing: when we love money more than God, sorrow follows. But when we love God more than money, joy follows. We don't need to chase anything except Jesus. And when we chase Him, all the good stuff chases us.
It's a peculiar notion, but Christians are peculiar people.