The Rules for being Wealthy

          Most of us wouldn’t mind being rich. We may even sometimes look at business executives, entrepreneurs, inventors, and celebrities and wonder what it must be like to have all the money they have. They live on palatial estates, drive fine cars, wear gorgeous clothes, and enjoy the finer things of life like fancy restaurants, box seats, and world travel. Some are even generous philanthropists, sharing their wealth with those less fortunate. How would we handle it if God suddenly entrusted us lots of money?

          God gave us concrete guidelines to follow if (or when) a windfall ever happens. As Paul was instructing Timothy, the young preacher, on how to conduct himself, God inspired him to tell the young man exactly how we all should behave concerning wealth. He starts by telling Timothy what the basic stance of our heart should be. “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” First Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJ). First and foremost, be content with whatever God supplies.

          Then Paul goes on to warn Timothy about what happens when our feelings about riches get out of control. “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” First Timothy 6:9-10 (NKJ). Secondly, watch out. Don’t let money be the focus of your life. It’s a god that will lead you to ruin.

          If Paul’s words on the subject had ended there, we may have been justified in thinking we’re all supposed to be just mediocre wage earners, proving how truly holy and contented we are before God. However, that’s not the case. Paul goes on to tell Timothy “command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” First Timothy 6:17-19 (NKJ).

          You see, there’s nothing wrong with being wealthy; God just wants us to stay balanced and responsible. We are to be content with whatever God gives us, and stay focused on God no matter how large or small our bank account. If we simply follow God’s leading, as we use our talents and abilities for Him, He just might bless those efforts monetarily. If He does, we’re still to be content, and we’re to take heed to the responsibility that having that money places on us.

         So here are the rules for being a wealthy Christian:

  1. Do not be arrogant
  2. Do not suddenly stop trusting God because we start trusting the money
  3. Remember that God gave us the wealth for several reasons:
    1. to enjoy it
    2. to do good with it
    3. to share it
    4. to lay a good foundation for the future with it

        If God can trust us to follow these Wealth Rules, He just might reward our work with monetary abundance. After all, when we are rightly related to Him, He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think. The question is: Is our heart right so God can trust our hands with wealth?

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website, and now also available on Kindle!

~ by sanewriter on November 1, 2012.

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