Friday, July 13, 2007

Can Christians Make A Lot of Money?

Absolutely “YES”! Christians can make a lot of money. But some may think having a lot of money is sinful! It is worldly!

In fact some may also be influenced by certain kind of “poverty mentality” teaching where one has to be poor in order to be spiritual! Some may also feel that money will pull you away from God. Well, pulling one away may be true for some but not for all.

We need to have the right teaching on money. Money itself is neutral; there is nothing right or wrong. It all depends on how you use it. If you use it for good mean then it is good. If you use it for bad mean then it is bad. So the problem is not with money but the GREED of money is the root of all evils.

Next, money itself does not make you more or less spiritual. It is developing a close and intimate relationship with God that makes you spiritual. I am very sure you are able to find a lot of rich people who fear God. In fact in the Old Testament you can find many great men of God who are rich and prosperous like the case of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are all very rich and prosperous and they fear God.

So, can Christians make a lot of money? Absolutely “YES” and there is no doubt about it! If you are a businessman earn as much as you can for the glory and kingdom of God. If you are working in the marketplace, put in all your heart, do your best and get increment and promotion every year.

However, I would like to list out 3 strong warnings. When you see these warnings lighted up, then it is the beginning of one drilling away from God, serving money rather than God and ultimately forsaking Jesus Christ.

But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men 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 griefs. I Timothy 6:8-10

1) No time for God
If you work until you don’t have time for God then this is the first serious warning. You start to miss the cell group, prayer meeting and church service then there must be a problem. I understand that there is peak period but not for the whole year! So money starts to take a very important position in your heart.

2) Unable to give
If you are earning a lot of money and having difficulty in giving (may it be offering or tithing) then this is the second serious warning. Your giving is so painful and difficult; it is like ripping off your skin then you are treating money as THE most important perhaps even more important than God.

3) Violate the word of God
If you think it is alright to compromise and violate the word of God in order to earn more money because in the business world one needs to be unscrupulous and honesty has no place to stand. Then this is the last warning that money is getting hold of you.
Lastly, I pray that God will give you the power to gain wealth. The most important thing is not having a lot of money but having God because by having God you will have everything (including money).
Tags: Christian, Money, Old Testament, Jesus Christ, God

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