How to grow wealth biblically from Proverbs
I get asked if God wants us to grow our money. My answer is always “yes.” If God placed you in a business, He has done so with a purpose. Your purpose is to help others and add value to the world.
The caveat is that God wants us to grow in a way that we are able to handle the money that He gives us. In other words, we must grow in our knowledge of money in order to make our money grow and be able to properly manage it.
You have probably heard of the stories about people who win the lottery or get big sums of money only to lose it all and be right back to square one? Many have none of that money left and are actually in a worse place after having lots of money. Most of them return to where they were financially within a year or two.
In high school, I had a teacher who I found out had won the lottery a few years earlier. You would think he would quit and live off the money, but he did not manage it right. Sure, he drove a Jaguar, but he was forced to work each and every day of his life just to maintain a basic standard of living. He even started a side business to try to gain money again. Last time I checked, he was still a teacher.
(Note: Teaching is an honorable profession. Personally, I think good teachers should be paid more. This teacher did not teach because he loved students. He taught because he had to after losing his fast gained wealth.)
Here’s our proverb for today:
Proverbs 13:11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
We talked yesterday about how we lose our money, it dwindles away especially quick if it is earned dishonestly. We are always having to watch our backs and cover our trails when we act deceptively. However, that is not what God wants for us.
As believers, God wants us to be blessed. Blessing does not just mean money. It means family, friends, community and an ever growing relationship with Him. We get involved in church and we give as needed. Living a life of blessing is about being able to help when we want and letting God get all the glory.
Proverbs 28:8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
God does not want us to give all of our money away. He wants us to be kind to the poor and not take advantage, but our money is meant to do good. We are meant to care for our family. As business owners, we are meant to pay fair (above average) wages. We are meant to care for our community and get involved.
Proverbs 13:11 talks about gathering money little by little. We will never get wealthy by how much money we spend. We won’t get wealthy by gambling, begging or stealing. We get wealthy by how much money we earn, keep and use properly.
Wealth is an ever growing balance of earning diligently, spending wisely, and giving cheerfully.
Look at your budget. Break down how much you spend on entertainment (movies, cable, etc.), going out to eat versus eating at home, giving to church, saving, etc. Where does your checkbook say your priorities are?
Let me just say, if you spend more money on entertaining than you do for God, something is not working in your budget. Checkbooks are the truest test of where you place your priorities. Doing a quick evaluation of your budget will show where your priorities lie.
If you want to be wealthy learn to manage money. Increase your financial education and learn to use money properly. Grow it little by little by adding value to the world. Then, when you begin earning, learn to give and help others. This helps us keep money in perspective and think more eternally about our wealth.