SACRED LIFESTYLE: POWER TO PRODUCE WEALTH

Posted: June 25, 2014 in Art, Books, Christianity, Education, Encouragement, Faith, Family, History, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Photography, Politics, Quotes, Success, Travel, Uncategorized

‘He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 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 ancestors, as it is today.’

– Deuteronomy 8:16-18 NIV

 

Reflection upon the topic of God and money has provoked numerous questions. One such question: What does it mean to be rich in faith? This inspired from what is recorded in the book of James 2:5, ‘Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?’ When you read that verse, what comes to your mind about the question of what it means to be ‘rich in faith?’

What thoughts are provoked within you when you read in Deuteronomy 8:16-18 when God states that He gives the ability to produce wealth? Is there a connection between being rich in faith and the ability to produce wealth?

Does this mean that by becoming a Christian I am assured the promise of becoming wealthy? The fact that it is clearly stated that it is an ability given by God to His people, is there a requirement of me with the ability in order for the wealth to be produced, or is this something that will occur without any effort, or intention on my part?

What comes to my mind regarding James 2:5 is the privileged election by God of those He chooses to be an example of how He performs the miraculous and the impossible among those who love Him despite their lack of wealth. Lack of wealth positions those who are not wealthy to be an instrument used by God to bring glory to Himself for what He accomplishes in and through us despite the nonexistence of wealth if we are faithful to honor His word and obey His commands.

‘For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.’ – Deuteronomy 7:6-8 NIV

This is consistent with what is written in 1 Corinthians 1:27-29, But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.’

Not being included in the top percentage of those who would be considered wealthy by the world’s standards, I am included in the greater percentage of those God has elected to bring glory to His name by how I allow Him to make use of me, in the ability He has given me to produce wealth, to inspire and influence others to make use of that same ability for His glory!

As I continue to reflect upon these thoughts I see 3 guiding principles related to this subject of God and Money: 1) Faith, 2) Heart Attitude, and 3) Money. Faith meaning what is God’s perspective of money? Heart attitude in relation to what my current thoughts are on the subject of money in relation to the context of scripture? In relation to money, how am I willing to apply what I learn from what I read regarding God’s perspective (what He requires of me in His word)?

What I love about James 2:5 is that there are no stipulations or conditions by how whom God has elected can be made useful to glorify Him. Maybe you are currently in debt, distressed, and discontented on the subject of money, but does that mean, financially you are exempted from being in position to encounter God’s favor to experience His glory being revealed in and through you to inspire and influence others to make use of their ability to produce wealth? Surely the same God who raised the dead, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, made the deaf and mute speak and hear, can transform me in my circumstances to be an example for Him to make use of my ability to produce wealth! What is the purpose of faith beyond salvation?

That’s where the subject of faith comes into play. What do I believe? According to the Bible anything is possible to him who believes and what is not possible with man is possible with God! Heart attitude has to do with motivation for acquiring wealth. God deals with each of us individually on this matter and none of us is in position to judge another. As it relates to money and the application of scripture, where do I stand with God on this subject is where we all must examine ourselves and the word of God is the standard by how God judges.

I leave you with these 3 objectives to consider as you walk by faith on the subject of God and Money:

  1. Am I open to God about developing my potential to produce wealth?
  2. Am I willing to grow in the grace and truth of Christ on the subject of money according to His word?
  3. Am I willing to glorify God in becoming a wise steward of money?

May God bless you and help you to develop your ability to produce wealth so you may encounter the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

 

 

 

 

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