THE SECRET TO TRUE WEALTH-
Generating true wealth is a subject that creates a lot of debate and often leads to greed and bizarre “get rich schemes”. In fact the Bible gives several warning about the potential dangers of wealth. If we are going to avoid the pain that worldly wealth brings we need to take heed to those warnings. However, God is not against riches and wealth in fact wealth is part of the blessings of God. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.“. (NIV)
The secret to true wealth is found in the Bible. If you really want to generate TRUE wealth you will need to follow the Biblical process of getting wealth. The Bible is a treasure house of instruction and insight on building true wealth. The Word of God is filled with principles for every area of life, including creating wealth.
True Wealth Defined
The first thing we need to understand if we want to enjoy riches and true wealth is the Biblical definition of wealth. The Bible defines Wealth as the ability to experience and enjoy God’s blessings. Wealth from God’s standpoint is not just about money, but it includes every aspect of life. There are tens of thousands of people with lots of money, but they are not wealthy. Their bank accounts may be overflowing but their souls are impoverished. The poor individual who knows God as Savior has indescribable wealth compared to the those rich in money only and rejects Christ. Having financial wealth along with friendship, godly wisdom, and a happy home equal true wealth.
If you are follower of Christ you are BLESSED and you’ve been created to enjoy all the blessings that God has provided for you. It is time for you to generate true wealth and walk in the abundance God has provided for you.
3 Biblical Principles for True Wealth
There are “Three Simple Biblical Principles to Generating True Wealth”. These three principles are simple, but not always easy to follow. Here they are;
PRINCIPLE ONE – Make God Your Source
This is the biblical foundation for true wealth. God is the source of all gain. Deuteronomy 8:18 tells us, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. ( NKJV) Notice it is God who gives us the ability to get wealth and the reason for that wealth is to establish His covenant in the earth.
God is the source, not your job, the government, your inheritance, or anything or anybody else. All these are “resources”. God will use these and other vehicles to get His source to you. 1 Chronicles 29:19 puts it this way, “Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all”
God owns everything. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,..” (Psalms 24:1) ” He owns all the gold and silver (Haggai 2:8) and all the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalms 50:10) There is no shortage with God. He is El Shaddai the God who is MORE than enough.
MAKE GOD YOUR SOURCE it is a Biblical principle for generating true wealth.
PRINCIPLE TWO – Be a Good Steward.
While God owns everything He has delegated that ownership to us. It is called stewardship . As Christians we do not own anything outright, even our lives belong to Him (1Corinthians 6:19-20), but we are stewards. We are stewards of the time, talent, and treasure God has blessed us with. God is looking for and expecting us to be good stewards. He expects us to manage all that we have properly and to make wise investments, so we will bear fruit and grow – generating real wealth.
Part of good stewardship is being generous with our wealth. Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” We are to use the principle of sowing and reaping. “Be not deceived, for God is not mocked, for what soever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”
Part of good stewardship is using the wisdom of God. Proverbs 21:20, puts it this way,” In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. In other words – wise people have plenty left over because they don’t spend all they make. However, fools spend all they get (and maybe even more). To put is simply – “SPEND LESS THAN YOU MAKE”. Don’t go into debt!
Whether you are an entrepreneur, internet marketer, business owner, inventor, professional, or tradesman it is because of the wisdom of God that you’ll discover witty inventions and creative ideas that will exponentially multiply what you do. Those who find wisdom through good stewardship find the favor of God. God blesses you so you can be a blessing!
BE A GOOD STEWARD – it is a Biblical principle for generating real wealth.
PRINCIPLE THREE – Work and Invest Wisely.
Generating true wealth is not a reward God gives to those who are lazy. Proverbs 12:11 says, “He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment“ Proverbs 14:23 puts it this way “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty“. Creating wealth requires hard work. God blesses what we “put are hand to”. (Dt. 28:8)
Not only do we need to work hard, we need to keep working hard. No retiring – no quitting – no giving up. You must keep going and never lose your endurance. Rest is important, but be careful that it doesn’t turn into laziness. Get up and use what God blessed you with – your skills, strength, and knowledge – to get the job done.
Your work will generate income. You need income that is greater than what it takes to pay for your living expenses; home, grocery, utilities, insurance, car, etc. You need to save. Develop a proactive and disciplined savings plan. Then you invest wisely. In the parable of the talents Jesus made it clear those who learn and put this principle into practice will be “given more”. Those who don’t what they have will be “taken away” (Matthew 25:14-30)
Work – it is a Biblical principle for creating true wealth.
GO FOR IT
Follow these three Biblical principles and you will be on the path to true wealth. Life is too short to settle for anything less. God has given you the power (ability) to get wealth. He wants you to be wealthy so you can be a greater blessing and help build the kingdom of God.
Generating true wealth takes time so, be weary of short cuts and be careful not to forget the Lord – He gets all the glory. To get started today put these three principles into practice in your life;
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33