Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. I Timothy 6:17
Being rich isn’t something I have to worry about. I’ve never had a ton of money and probably never will. I have enough to live on but not much more. Is that enough?
I don’t even know very many rich people. The closest I’ve come to knowing a wealthy person is by association. There’s a high-paid major league baseball player living in my town, but not in my neighborhood. I’ve never seen him at the grocery store or anywhere else, so I can’t claim him as a friend or even an acquaintance.
A man I know checks the stock report several times a day to see how his minimal investments are doing. He can’t do anything to change it, and he probably won’t sell or buy, but he does put a lot of “stock” in the market, even though he’ll never get rich from it.
God doesn’t have a problem with his children being rich. In the parable of the talents (or bags of gold), Jesus describes a king going on a journey and entrusting his wealth to others. He gave three men bags of gold in amounts matching their abilities.
When the king returned from his trip, he found that the men with five bags and two bags each had doubled the amounts. He was pleased, but the one who was given only one bag of gold hid it for fear of losing it. The king rewarded those with the most, but took the gold from the man who did nothing and gave it to one of the others.
Jesus started this parable with, “The kingdom of God will be like a king.” It seems he wants those of us in his kingdom to have money, but only if we are wise in handling it. He gives us money or the ability to earn it, but it’s up to us how we handle and protect it.
There are two ways we can have more money: earn more or spend less. The first requires more work; the second takes wisdom and self-control. Increase your net worth just by spending less of each paycheck. You’ll feel and be richer in the end.
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Debbie Hardy is the author of Stepping Through Cancer, A Guide for the Journey, a step-by-step guide for cancer caregivers, and the accompanying Caregiver’s Handbook. A Colorado resident, author, widow, and grandmother, Debbie’s positive outlook and joy in Christ have helped her transition from corporate America to writing and speaking. Check out her blog at SteppingThruLife.blogspot.com and her website at www.SteppingThroughCancer.com.
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