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Does God want you to be wealthy?
May 24, 2017
Hello,

Does God Want You To Be Wealthy?

It's hard to minister to your family when you are not

A couple of newsletters ago, after making the point that money was not evil, but that the lust for ill-gotten money was evil, I posed some musings on money for you...

— If money is the source of all the good material things in your life should you seek wealth?

• Do you actually have a duty to become wealthy and help others to do the same?

• Does God look favorably on your lawful efforts to become wealthy?

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The answer to question #1 is—Absolutely, Positively, Yes!!

Wealth is the absence of debt—it's what you have left over after everyone you owe money to is paid.

Unfortunately, many people think of a credit card as a source of wealth—but it is not because a line of credit is an invitation to a line of debt.

And when someone maxes out the limit on their credit card, they impoverish themselves unless, and until the credit card is paid off.

But, working to pay for meals you ate last month or gas you bought last week eats into the time that you could put to use creating wealth in your life—using your unique talents.

So, wealth never means having access to credit—that makes you a debtor.

The rule of thumb is—if you have it spend it—if you don't have it—don't create a debt to possess it.

Being in debt is not wealth. You may look wealthy to your neighbors driving a Mercedes owned by the bank, but it's the bank's car, not yours.

So, being wealthy means having a surplus (in whatever amount) after all of your expenses are paid.

Yes, you should seek to be debt free so you can be wealthy.

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Question #2 is do you have a duty to become wealthy and help others to do the same?

Absolutely.

And it starts with your family, with your children.

Many of today's children have credit cards (sources of debt). And they have expensive toys like smart phones with payment contracts attached to them that their parents pay for.

Those children have learned that wealth is possessing desirable things without earning the means to pay for them.

A nephew of mine, a 20 year old very smart guy in a very good college, called his father one day to say "My credit card's broken, it got rejected."

His father paid the monthly bill. His son thought that all he had to do to get what he wanted was to scan a piece of plastic and magically, the item was his.

He didn't realize—and was not taught—that he was living off someone else's talent and labor (his father's).

He had maxed out the amount of debt his father could tolerate.

Worshiping debt generators like credit cards is mammon and it enslaves those who think credit is wealth.

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Does God want you to be wealthy?

Indeed he does.

Abraham and his nephew Lot were so wealthy in gold and silver and in cattle that they could not travel together because the land could not feed all of their animals (Genesis 22:15 and following verses)

If you reinvest your earnings intelligently IN YOUR UNIQUE SKILLS you will be rewarded and your wealth will grow. It's right there in the New Testament...

In the parable of the talents Mt 25:14-30.

A man going abroad takes stock of his hired help and their 'smarts'. To the ablest the man gave 5 talents, to another 2 and to the third 1 talent. The ablest took his 5 talents and turned them into 5 more for a 100% gain. The man with two talents also made a 100% gain. The man with 1 talent hoarded it where it could do no good for himself or anyone else. That is Scrooge's idea of wealth—loving money for its own sake.

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Wealth for its own sake is not God's idea. Wealth must have a higher purpose that you can apply it to.

My younger brother and a friend started a window washing company for small banks in a large city. To attract business they included a small hotel-sized package of soap in their sales letter. They did very well.

After taking a just salary for their labor and paying company expenses, they took the wealth of the company (what remained after all expenses were paid)and donated it to other non-profit companies.

That was their higher purpose for the wealth of their company—to be a source of donations to non-profits that were doing good in the world.

So, the Scriptures teach us that God is all in favor of his children being wealthy from using their talents to grow wealth and to use that wealth for a higher purpose.

So, praying to God to win the lottery is not what God has in mind for your prosperity.

Now muse on what your unique talents are that could make you legitimately wealthy—someone with a higher purpose. And write those talents down today because they will become the true source of your wealth and its higher purpose—whatever it is.

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