Does God Give People Wealth?
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.” (Deut 8:18)
God doesn’t give us wealth; He gives us the ability to produce wealth. This speaks to a responsibility of fruitfulness. We have to take the ability and use it wisely, in accordance with Biblical principles. The ability is a gift. The wealth, the fruit, and the responsibility come with not only a command to multiply but in how we use it.
The parable of the talents is often used as an analogy for gifts. The talent was a unit of currency, so this parable is about money. The command is to be fruitful with the resources we are given.
God is interested in our finances and how we create them and use His gifts to build wealth at work.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the ability to produce wealth. Help me to do it Your way, for Your glory. Amen.
“Watch out!…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NIV)
How easy it is to be distracted with work, wealth, and possessions. Trust Jesus to cut through and tell it like it is. We need to be reminded of our priorities and of the things that can so easily ensnare us. Our life is more than what we do, where we work, and what we own. We are called to operate with excellence in our sphere of influence yet be untainted by its falsehood.
Jesus again exhorts us in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Our challenge is to run our agendas, schedules, focus, efforts, and resources on His mandate and His priorities. Only then will we truly be operating in excellence and building His kingdom.
Quick Prayer: Lord, show me Your schedule and priorities for my life and business. Amen.
“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.” (Psa 37:21)
We are called to be in contrast to those around us. If it is considered good practice to borrow and not to repay, then we should give generously. Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean it is okay to do.
We serve a generous God—One Who gave everything to save us. The material things we have are all His. Everything we have, and everything we are, has come from the hand of a generous God. We are merely stewards of what has been entrusted to us. It is all God’s.
Quick Prayer: Teach me to be generous. Amen.
“However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.” (Deuteronomy 15:4)
Hang on that can’t be right surely. If we have God’s blessing there will be no poverty. He will richly provide for all our needs and for those around us. It is God’s heart that there be no poverty. Let’s bear in mind the heart of God.
Here is an unpopular question for you; how much of what God has given us have we set aside to meet the needs of the poor. We are rich beyond all measure if we take a global view. Are we eating the bread He destined to provide for others?
Quick Prayer. “Help me to reach out in your way Lord.” Amen
“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 25:29)
Ouch, this is quite a warning. We all have been given a set of gifts, talents, personality, an allocation of time and resources. The question is how have we taken what we have been given and applied it to being effective in the Kingdom of God? Have we reaped a return from what we have been given?
These are big questions. Do we have adequate answers? It is worth taking some time to take what we have been given before God, and to ask Him for His wisdom in applying what we have, to seeing His Kingdom established.
Quick Prayer. “Help me to be faithful with what you have entrusted to me Lord.” Amen
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)
Would you like to share in the happiness of God? He is the creator of all happiness, pleasure and joy. Shared happiness is sign of intimacy, and of a close relationship. What a beautiful picture of our Fathers love for us.
It is out of an understanding of that love and the overwhelming gift of His sacrifice, that our faith and works are grounded. Not out of appeasing an angry capricious being, but in serving faithfully a loving and giving God.
Plus, when we have been proven faithful with a little, we will be given much more. It is spiritual principal that is outworked so clearly in our work in the marketplace.
Quick Prayer. “I want to share in your happiness Holy Spirit.” Amen
“It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” (Matthew 24:46)
Faith is one thing but it is actions that really count. Works are evidence of faith. Faith without works is dead. Some could do well to stop talking about it, and get on a do it. We have so much teaching and input, how about a little output? How about a lot of output? Of those who have been given much, much will be required.
Work is intrinsically good; a business does not need to justify its existence through support of non-business outcomes. However, all that we called to be, and to do, needs to be done well and in keeping with God’s principals.
Our lives should be evidence of an encounter with the living God, transformed and unrecognizable from what they were.
Quick Prayer. “Please remind me of the need to work for your Kingdom Lord.” Amen
“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:12 )
If there is one truth in business that I have come to understand it is this: Do it God’s way, and let Him take care of the consequences. He is in control.
Sometimes in the cut and trust of a brutal commercial world we forget that truth. But He is, and always will be. His ways are not our ways. Sometimes we all need to stop, pray, and understand His way in a circumstance. Often it is the opposite of how we would implement or react. What will people say, will I miss out on that promotion, deal or sale? No; God is not only in control; it is also He who exalts, He who promotes, and He who allocates deals.
Plus you are given the strength to stand whilst waiting for the answer from heaven. Now that is a good deal!
Quick Prayer. “Funny though it sounds Lord, I am available to be exulted in your time.” Amen