WHAT IS GODS DEFINITION OF WEALTH?
Before we jump into the ways of creating wealth Gods way, we must understand Gods definition of wealth.As Christians it is important to understand our material wealth from God’s point of view, and this is precisely what David Kotter addresses in his chapter in the book, For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty, where he defines wealth as follows:
“Wealth … will be defined as ‘a suitable accumulation of resources and possessions of value.’
One is wealthy to the extent that one has sufficient food of good quality. Clothing appropriate to keeping cool or warm, and shelter for protection from the elements. This definition is often extended to include access to safe and reliable transportation and communication that enables one to work.
Wealth includes adequate physical possessions to live and flourish as a human being created in the image of God. It also requires a specific heart attitude toward the purpose of possessions.
But, the key for today’s Christian is to know if God has given you the basics of what you need .If you can “live and flourish as a human being” then you are wealthy by his standards.in the sense of being materially equipped to pursue a fruitful life in the world God created. This basic knowledge of the difference between Wealth and riches is very important. It will help you to be able to grow wealth Gods way .
what does God say about financial freedom
Job 22.21 “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way, prosperity will come to you.”
Submission is to be willing to ask God for directions on how to use the talents he has given you for business purposes and also be willing to do things the way God instructs you to do. Without a submissive heart you will not remember to ask for any direction not to talk of knowing exactly what or how to use your talent for his glory.Submission also has to do with Character development .Learn here the characters you need to develop to grow wealth
PAY YOUR SPIRITUAL TAX
Mark 12 .17 “Well, then,” Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”This was Jesus answer to the question of if one should pay tax to the government of Caeser or not and When Jesus asked what image was on the money and they answered Caesers He went on to reply with the above sentence. The question then is WHAT BELONGS TO GOD?
As a Christian, everything about your belongs to God including everything you lay your hands to do. That should first be settled in your mind. Next is what does God say about the proceeds from the work of your hands?
MALAKI 3: 10 says Bring the whole tithe(10% of your gains) into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Before I can go further, I want us to understand a few things that we do in order to understand the whole tithe concept and how it is tied to wealth
WHY DO WE PAY TAX TO OUR GOVERNMENT
Paying of Tax is a requirement of the Law and most times it is considered a civic duty. Such that not paying it is regarded as a breaking of a law that will attract severe penalties .Money got from tax payers are used for good and productive courses like:
1. Funding of programmers to help the poor and less fortunate.
2. Building of Public libraries and Save Parks.
3. Construction of good save and well maintained roads.
4 Building of good health facilities and provision of other social amenities.
5. Support of common resources such as Police and fire fighters. To name just a few. We can safely conclude that without paying our taxes, life might not be as smooth as we would like it to be.
HOW DOES THIS CONCEPT RELATE TO TITHING
The same concept goes with tithing 10% of your proceeds (which I call Spiritual Tax). It is a command from the Lord your creator and owner .When you obey;
1. The heavens are open for you. You will have a better understanding of which business to follow,and how to create wealth Gods way.
2.You will be successful in what you lay your hands to do.
3.You will have access to the treasures of heaven
4.The remaining 90% will go a long way, because God will give you the wisdom to take the right decisions.
The tithe should be given to God faithfully. Tithing honors the Scriptural principles of generously providing for religious leaders, giving to those in need, and laying up treasures in heaven. This is the primary way of growing wealth Gods way.
3 basic principles to grow wealth Gods way
Psalm 1 vs 1 says “ Blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.
Or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the company of mockers.
But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatsoever they do prospers”.
I absolutely love this verse because it clearly gives you the 3 things you need to do to prosper in your business .
A lot of Christians want to prosper but unfortunatel prosperity answers only to keeping biblical financial principles.
Not just declaration of God’s word.
What does” not walking in the counsel of the wicked”?. It means not taking advise on how to run your business from people that have no regard for God.
Standing in the way of sinners, means walking in agreement with people that dont believe in creating wealth Gods way. That is people that believe in cheating, stealing or shortchanging others just to create wealth.
When you sit in the seat with scorners,it means being comfortable in the presence of people that do not believe in God .This also includes people that make jest of the very essence of God.
If we can take our time to observe these simple instructions .I believe we will be on our way to creating wealth Gods way and we will definitely prosper in what we do.
If you know of other ways of creating wealth Gods way please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.