Let me tell you a secret – I used to find it extremely difficult, unpleasant even, when people talk about money and God in the same breath. I mean, didn?t one scripture verse command, “Thou shall not serve both God and money?” If this were the case, will the successful entrepreneur making a living to provide his family a good life be condemned? Are either needy and noble, or wealthy and lost?
It’s a good thing that as we progressed in knowledge; the light of true biblical prosperity was also revealed. The good news is we don’t have to be poor to earn God’s favor. Quite the opposite, God wants to pour out abundance and prosperity in our lives.
So we ask, what then is God’s will for man about money and possessions? Many scripture verses allude to biblical prosperity. Scriptures boldly state that God wants us rich (Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 35:27; John 10:10). Look back to the story of Abraham. When God called him out of Ur, Abraham was promised that he would have great prosperity and favor – and he did. He also received his miracle, his beloved son Isaac. God knows your heart’s desire and give it to you on top of all the other blessings He pours in your life.
You will always find tithing as a foundational principle in attracting wealth. Today we may call it different things but the fact remains: you give and more will be given to you. God has no need for our money and possessions. Tithing is a sign of our trust and obedience to Him. Give God 10% of your money and watch the storehouses of heaven pour out such blessings you will not have room enough for it (Malachi 10:10; Leviticus 27:30).
Tithing is a seed. So is your obedience to His laws, your offerings and your participation in bringing His message of Love to His people. Remember, you reap what you sow and a harvest is coming for the faithful. Whatever you have given is recorded and you will be blessed for it. It is not that you are paying to be blessed; you are giving to a God who will bless you according to His riches not yours so you can afford to be generous yourself.
Being rich comes with great responsibility. You have to be a faithful steward to what God has entrusted you with (Mark 10:17; Luke 12:48; 1 Timothy 6:17). Having things are great. You should enjoy them but never make the mistake of loving possessions too much or putting your faith in them. Money should serve you not the other way around. It?s not an unholy thing to have, but the single-minded pursuit of it causes many to sin. When prosperity comes, be sure that your heart and priorities are protected.
Finally, God empowers us to create wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18; 2 Corinthians 8; Philippians 4:14-18). He wants to bless us so that we ourselves can be a blessing to other. As we allow ourselves to be used by God, expect grace and favor to abound supernaturally in your life.
The reason for abundance and prosperity is to make the world beautiful, not just for ourselves but for other people as well. Do not preoccupy yourself unnecessarily with the pursuit of money – it will find you. Aspire instead for obedience, faith and a deeper relationship with God and your fellow man, these are the true riches you cannot put a price on.