11 Mar The Power To Get Wealth
People acquire wealth in many different ways. As Christians we often struggle with addressing this topic. Let’s address the notion of acquiring wealth from a biblical principle. Please note, these are not principles to get you rich, but to give you a better understanding of the topic and how you should view it.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:18-6:2 (NIV)
18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.
6 I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind: 2 God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.
Six principles of acquiring wealth
1. Learn to acknowledge God in everything. This acknowledgement should be reflected in your actions not just your thoughts. That means, you acknowledge God in paying your tithe, in your thanksgiving, in your testimonies (Proverbs 3:9). Why? See Deuteronomy 8:18 says it is the Lord your God who gives you the ability to produce wealth. So consciously remember God. Whatever position you are in today, it is God that made it happen.
2. Be faithful. Luke 16:10 says “whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” Have you been faithful in the little that God has given to you? When you are not faithful in the little, God cannot entrust the larger things in your hand. God has assigned a bit of wealth to you when you started. You must be faithful in everything; even if it is not yours. You must be faithful in what belongs to others.
3. Consciously become heaven rich (See Luke 12:21). Store up your treasures in heaven. Let your account in heaven be full. Be benevolent and generous. How are you making use of what you have right now? Be a blessing to those around you.
4. Never let wealth come between you are God. Bible says you cannot serve God and mammon (see Matthew 6:24). Remember point one, he is the reason you have that wealth in first place. So who are you really you serving; God or money?
5. Avoid a prodigal lifestyle (see Luke 15). Don’t become arrogant with your wealth. Be accountable with what heaven has invested into your life. When you start despising the control structures God has placed in your life, because of your wealth, you are in trouble.
6. Be accountable. You are accountable to heaven for every penny you received. Remember the Parable of the talents. Use what you are given wisely and make sure it serves it’s purpose.
This post is based on a message taught by Pastor Ope Awolesi