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Does God Want You To Be Rich?

Originally posted on the Christian Post on May 26

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.


Dear Chuck,

I find the conflicting messages among well known preachers and financial experts confusing when it comes to whether I should expect to do well financially if I am in God’s will and following His plan. You turn on the television, and many of the most popular preachers insist that good times are ahead for the faithful. Are they?

Pondering Prosperity

 

Dear Pondering,

There are a lot of financial teachers, preachers and gurus in the world today! It is good to be skeptical about who you should be listening to as each has a very different financial and biblical philosophy. You are certainly not alone if you are confused. “How much do I deserve?” is a question most people ponder throughout their working life. It’s an age-old concern to really know what you are worth and what to financially expect of or from God.

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Have you unknowingly put your trust in money?

I think we all know that we should not love money. 

Read 1 Timothy 6:9,10:

"Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grieves."

In his series, Gods at War, Kyle Idleman suggests that in Scripture, “Money is most often portrayed as God’s chief competition.” He claims, “Your god is determined by what you put your trust in. So for most people, money is their god.”

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Today, we’ll talk about getting truly rich!

The truly rich person is the person who recognizes God as the Owner and who gratefully accepts the call to be a temporary steward, content to please his Master.

In Luke 16, Jesus tells a parable of an estate manager who was in charge of his wealthy master’s entire household and business affairs.  He had been wasting his master’s resources, we are told, and so he is called to account.  Knowing that he’ll soon be out on the street, the manager makes deals with everyone who owes his master money.  In doing so, he makes friends and secures himself the good graces of the very people he will likely need to rely on once he loses his position.

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