Where Does Wealth Come From?
"Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?" -2 Chronicles 1:9-12
Where does wealth come from? Should we seek to gain wealth as followers of Christ? There are many get-rich-quick ideas out there, most of which lead to more poverty. (Proverbs 21:5) And, there are many people who believe that in order to be a Christian, you must agree to live a poor and meager lifestyle. But, I don't believe this should be the case!
Solomon was the richest man who ever lived. (1 Kings 10:23) If we are poor, how can we bless others? How can we fund kingdom activities if we ourselves are indebted and impoverished?
In order to gain wealth, it appears that simply seeking wealth does not bring us wealth. The Bible also says, "The love of money is the root of all evil." (1 Timothy 6:10) This is not to mean money is evil - but the love of money is evil.
According to scripture, it appears that wealth is a byproduct of seeking wisdom. And, when we're faithful with little, God is able to trust us with more. (Matthew 25:21) This is a spiritual law!
So, how can we be wise with money? Some ways to be wise with money are tithing (Malachi 3:10), staying or getting out of debt (Romans 13:8), saving (Proverbs 30:25), working diligently (Proverbs 14:23), not spending foolishly (Proverbs 29:3), and putting money into things that earn a return on investment (Matthew 25:20). I heard a millionaire say once, "Money is seed. Don't eat all of your seed - that would be foolish! Instead, plant it somewhere where it will grow."
Do you have a desire for God to bless you in this way so that you can be a blessing to others in need? Pray today for wisdom and guidance. Be faithful with what you have. God desires to provide more than enough for His children, so that His kingdom purposes can be accomplished on the earth.
Related resource: Alt Money Choices: Securing Financial Freedom One Step at a Time, by Charis Brown