“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” (Pro 11:24 NIV)
In the world, we are taught that if we are tight with our money, we will get more, yet the law of the kingdom is the opposite. Give and it will be given unto you. Withhold and you will come to poverty. It sounds upside down, but how often is that true with the things that God asks of us? He had to die to bring life. Death led to victory.
There is very often joy in obedience. As we give, it changes our hearts. Have you met a happy person who is stingy or a very generous person who is not happy? The Bible also tells us that it is God who gives us the gift of enjoying wealth. I think this comes from having a generous heart.
Quick Prayer:Holy Spirit, please cause me to have a generous heart, a fruit of Your presence in me. Amen.
“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.
“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (1 Tim 6:9)
There is nothing wrong with riches. There is nothing wrong with wealth. Having riches and wealth is a great blessing when they are surrendered and balanced by God.
However, if our motivation in life is to become rich, we can fall into a moral decline to achieve this goal. Many are obsessed to the degree that Godly checks and balances are not countering the greed, and the safely net is not in place.
The result of harmful desires is ruin and destruction—the opposite of the desired outcome. When you have a goal that is not subject to God’s control, you will very often pay a hefty price.
Quick Prayer: Set me free from an unhealthy pursuit of material gain. Amen.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Tim 6:10)
Scripture is often misquoted as saying, “Money is the root of all evil.” The verse in question is correctly quoted above. Money is neither good nor evil. It is a morally neutral tool that can be used for good or to cause damage.
Money buys freedom of choice and options to give and sow into the work of the kingdom. What is it in you and your business that constrains the wanton pursuit of profit at all costs? Greed is moderated by giving; God calls us to a generous life—a giving life—as demonstrated by His Son, who gave His life for all.
The pursuit of wealth for wealth’s sake will bring with it collateral damage in other areas of life if it is not counterbalanced with a generous spirit. Moderation is a virtue, and God’s principles of giving and sacrifice bring balance to our natural tendency for greed.
Quick Prayer: Lord, please bless my workplace and balance my life with generosity and wisdom. Amen.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (Rom 13:8)
Sometimes the Scriptures are deliberately vague. We have to dig deep for the truth, and there are layers of understanding. Other times things are so obvious in black-and-white that we almost miss them.
Let no debts remain outstanding. If we look into the ancient text, reference the commentators of the time, seek out all the different interpretations of the Scripture, and assemble it all together, it makes no difference. The Word still says to let no debt remain outstanding.
If you have debts remaining, let them not remain outstanding.
Quick Prayer: Help me get me out of debt please, Lord. Amen.
“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.’” (2 Kin 4:1)
My God is a generous God. He does supply all my needs. But if I squander his provision, if I am flippant with His generosity, or if I do not have an attitude of stewardship, I will quickly live beyond my means.
The temptation to keep up with the Joneses is a strong one. We live in a material world where we are continually bombarded with messages of the new and the greatest.
While God is fully aware of the society in which we live and what we need to partake in society and be effective, must be careful to be wise with what He has given us. The price we can pay for being out of control and falling into the hands of creditors is too high.
Quick Prayer: I know there is a price to pay for living outside my means. Give me wisdom. Amen.
“Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’—when you already have it with you.” (Pro 3:28)
I like this description because it demonstrates the heart of God. There is something very right and proper about spontaneously meeting a need. If we have something in hand that can meet a need of others, we shouldn’t even hesitate to give.
There is something inherently wrong with having resources and not meeting the need. Even in business, in the brutal cut and thrust of the commercial world, the principles of generosity apply.
If we can pay bills now, why not pay them now? This could cut across the prevailing culture and demonstrate a transformed life. Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing?
Quick Prayer: Help me to be prompt in my payments. Amen.