Christian Wealth – How Much Money is Enough?

I talk a lot about wealth creation and my desire to be rich.  Religious people are bothered by the way I talk.  Deep down religion has portrayed money as something dirty and evil and should not be desired (Yet they beg for it regularly).  I have even heard Christian workers state that they have taken a vow of poverty.  That is hog-wash and disgusting!  What value is there is being broke or just having enough for YOU to get by.  That kind of thinking stinks to high heaven of selfishness and pride!

Why do I want to be rich and have MORE than enough?  It’s because I understand how the Lord operates and how it’s a blessing to be rich.  This blessing is not just for me, but for others.  It’s not just about me, it’s about God’s kingdom.

We live on earth and money is necessary for survival.  Money is a bartering tool to get the things we need, want, and desire.  We exchange labor, products, and services for money and it is good.   Money is also NECESSARY to spread God’s kingdom on earth.  Heaven is bound by Earth’s economic system and there is nothing wrong with that.  It takes money to send missionaries abroad.  It takes money to build buildings, to purchase TV time, to feed the poor, as well as to print Bibles and literature for spreading the good news.  It takes money to support full-time ministers and their ministries.  Even Jesus NEEDED money for His earthly ministry.

We should be ambitious to have more than enough and even desire to be rich.  Why?  Because it is not about US, it’s about God and His kingdom.  It’s about spreading the good news to the four corners of the earth.  It’s about blessing others in need.  It’s about bringing glory to God.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible says:

“Remember this:  The person who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.  Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.  As it is written:  He scattered; He gave to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.  Now the One who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-11).

These verses talk about MONEY and the righteous use of it.  Money is for you to live and to sow into His kingdom.  Money is to ENRICH US IN EVERY WAY and to SOW INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS to enrich them.  All this produces thanksgiving to God THROUGH US.  When people see us do well it brings them hope and wealth gives us to power to bless others.  When others are blessed by our giving, thanksgiving is extended toward God.  Wanting wealth isn’t selfish when viewed in this light.  Again, wealth used properly is selfless and gives glory to God.

One Wednesday, a couple of years ago, I went up for prayer and the sister who was praying for business people came up to me and prophesied that I was a “paymaster.”  She used this term several times in her prophecy over me, and then said, “Money will come to you from the North, South, East, and West.”  I was encouraged (believe me!), but at the same time stumped.  I thought, “What is a paymaster?”  I went home and discovered that a paymaster is one hired by someone or some very wealthy organization to distribute THEIR riches according to their instructions.  From this I realized that money would come to me from God’s blessing and that I was to distribute those riches as the He instructed.  The exciting news for me was that paymasters get PAID for their services.  Let me tell you, God is VERY GENEROUS to His paymasters!

God wants to bless you!  He wants to make you rich.  I declare this word almost every day: “God makes me rich and I keep getting richer until I am very wealthy.”  This declaration is based on Genesis 26:12-13.  I want to be rich to be a blessing.  I want to be rich to leave a legacy for my daughter and grandchildren.  I want to be rich to demonstrate the goodness of God.  This is a healthy view of riches…of money.

It is selfish to continue in lack.  You don’t have to.  Lack is a choice because God has decreed Abraham’s blessing over all His people.  Yes, ALL His people.  It all depends on what you believe.  If you think or say, “I’ll never be rich” you are right.  You will have and be what you say and if what you say is in alignment with God’s Word—prepare to be blessed!

God’s Word promises that blessings would overtake us (Deuteronomy 28:2).  These blessing include wealth and health.  God wants to show us off.  He wants to demonstrate that He is good and treats His children extremely well.  He blesses us so He can show His goodness to others and cause them to desire to become part of God’s family.  I think the church has repelled unbelievers by THEIR unbelief!

Who wants to become a child of an abusive God who treats His children terrible?  No one!  The reason people aren’t flocking into the kingdom of God is because of the wrong thinking of His people.  The MAJORITY of “Christians” are canal.  They live by their five senses and not by God’s Word.  Therefore, they look and act common.  There is hardly anything extraordinary with them.  This is sad!

So, when is enough, enough?  Never!  There is always a need to bless others.  There is always a need to demonstrate God’s goodness by giving, and we cannot give if we live with the mindset, “As long as I can pay MY bills, I’m happy.”  That’s selfish!  Change your stinking thinking and desire MORE than enough so you can become a blessing to others and bring glory to God!

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