In the Bible, God gives us the best advice on money, riches and blessings. The principles that God gives are the same which Paul talks of in the dangers of getting money, riches and wealth
Best advice on money and riches
God blesses us with riches so that we can;
- Employ them and
- Enjoy them.
1. Employing riches
To employ is to put into work (putting the blessings and riches into work). You put to work by not making more money or riches for yourself but by helping others and supporting the work of God. When God blesses you with money and riches, He does not tell you ‘go use what I have given you to make more’.
When He blesses you, do not say, ‘I want to invest there, invest in that and this, start a business here or there, have that car, buy that building, do this and that‘. In business sense, all this ideas are great but in God’s kingdom, this is foolishness.
The rich man (in the rich man parable) was blessed by God and he got more than He had before. Instead of him employing his riches, he chose to save by building more barns. And he said, this will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods (Lk 12:18). And this is the greatest foolish thing he did. God looked at him and called him straight a ‘fool’ (Lk 12:20).
Many of us are like this rich man. We are blessed with money, riches and wealth but instead of employing them, we chose to save in barns; in banks and other places which the world gives. God looks at you, as your money, riches and wealth lies idle in the bank and He calls you a ‘fool’.
You are supposed to employ all the riches which God gives you, and this is the best advice on money, or like the rich man after you have increased your barns (savings) and all are full, He (God) takes away your soul (die). Many of us spent all our life years increasing and saving our riches in the banks and all saving places, but this is so foolish.
We die (God takes away our soul) and all our riches are left to other people who did not even sweat a little to earn them. But God said unto him, you fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have provided? (Lk 12:20).
Share and give to receive more
God looks at many of us and calls us ‘fools’. We are fools. Yes! we are. We are supposed to know that God is the creator, provider and He owns everything. Employing (giving and sharing) what God blesses us with, empties us up to receive more from Him. When we hold, we miss greater God blessings and end up losing what we are holding.
You have riches saved in banks and all other places the world can provide, but in reality you are losing. The world teaches and tells you and me to save, but we are losing from insecurity, illness, unnecessary bills, discarded, emergencies etc. We are fools.
The more you give and share, the more you empty yourself, the more God blesses and gives you. God does not give you to save or make more, but He gives you to share and give. Through sharing and giving, you are blessing and building other people life’s and this is what God wants when He blesses and enriches you.
Stingy people think they are rich but in reality they are poor, only loosing and no blessings coming their way. God tells you to give, give and give. Do not worry about what you eat, wear, live or if you will get more. He created all, He owns all and He will give you more (Lk 20:22-32).
Laying treasure in heaven
We invest or lay our treasure in heaven by giving and sharing but if we do not give and share, we lay treasures for ourselves. Giving and sharing makes us rich towards God but being stingy, holding on, make us rich on earth but poor in heaven. So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God (Lk 12:21).
What to do when blessed
The best thing to do when God blesses you, is to ask Him, ‘you have blessed me, gave me all this riches, what do you want me to do?’ He will definitely show you what He wants you to do. He will show you investments to make that are eternal. Do not hold or stick to what He has given you, blessed you with, but help, share and give. Giving makes man more heavenly minded than He was before.
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