God and Money - 5 Things the Bible says about Wealth
Last week, we had a wonderful time in the Lord’s presence in my weekly online bible study, Milk and Honey. We’re currently going through a series on God and Money, in the spirit of growing and flourishing in 2019.
To be honest, I have always struggled with managing my finances, despite trying and trying for years. A good friend once said to me- in every harvest, there is both a seed and food. Don’t eat your seed, plant it. Don’t plant your food, enjoy it. This liberated me quite a bit. But it still took me quite a bit of time to remember to save my seed for planting, and to truly enjoy the financial blessings and resources that God continues to bless me with -- without feeling guilty. And while I continue to learn and grow, it’s been increasingly important for me to really sit and learn about money. How to use it, how to grow and steward it, and how to make it work for me.
So far, we’ve covered topics on what the bible says about wealth, and whether borrowing is bad. We’ve also spoken about the bible’s stance on investment, financial decisions, and about greed, wealth, borrowing, and lending.
There’s a lot to be said, but here are a few points and scriptures that have guided us so far-
1. Contentment is essential in Growing Your Wealth. When we’re satisfied with what God has given us, we tend to have the patience and fortitude to put things away. We’re not trying to keep up with the Joneses, neither are we focused on what we don’t have. We’re truly satisfied with what He’s given us, and stewarding our wealth becomes an act of worship.
2. God is a God of movement. He doesn’t want His children to be stagnant, and He truly wants us to grow and to flourish, and to truly, truly multiply upon the earth. That doesn’t happen when we’re complacent and lazy about growing our resources. A good thing to keep in mind in the desire for wealth is that resources are essential in spreading the gospel abroad. So if God has placed something in your hand, the wealth you produce is your worship towards spreading the gospel of Jesus.
3. It is important to know your season. You may be in a wilderness season, where it’s essential to gather your coins. Or you may be in a season of abundance, where it’s essential to build structures that will outlive you and protect you in the season of scarcity. It’s essential to take stock of your life, identify your season, and ensure that you’re learning and growing in whatever season God has placed you in.
4. You need discipline to say no, delay gratification, and to know when to pursue and when to pause. You need discipline to make, keep, and grow your money. Without discipline, which only comes about in its truth by the Spirit of the Lord, you will struggle to keep money. You can have a little and build an empire. But you can have an empire and run it down to the rubble. Discipline makes the difference. And it only comes from the Holy Spirit in its entirety.
5. We are all to create a legacy for our posterity- Jesus left the Holy Spirit on the earth as His legacy, as His deposit, and as His guarantee of the things that have and those that will come. The bible says a righteous man leaves an inheritance for his children. As a child of God, you should leave an inheritance for your children. It doesn’t have to be financial, it could be a good name, a good character, or whatever else, but you have to leave something that will open doors for them when you leave this earth.
I’ll continue to share these nuggets as I learn them. The Holy Spirit will guide and lead us all in Jesus’ name. Amen!