Wealth Should Not Separate You From God
Many people believe that once they acquire a certain level of wealth, they no longer have to worry about money. Once they acquire wealth, the worry of not having enough money is often replaced by the worry of losing what was gained. Both of these worries can be dangerous as they show a lack of faith and an improper attitude toward money. This attitude prevents a lot of people from giving.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (niv). It is a continual challenge to acknowledge God is in control of our lives and to trust Him, not with our wealth, with our future.
There is a moral obligation to help those less fortunate. God’s economy is quite different from man’s economy. By serving those in need, you are ultimately serving God Himself. If you fail to help those in need, you fail to serve Him. When you truly love others, this means you are caring for others in the same manner in which you would want to be cared for.
When you look around the world–at the wars, natural disasters, illnesses, crimes, or jobs lost–you see people who need help acquiring their most basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. When you help provide care for the physically and emotionally wounded or provide job training and economic empowerment or provide emergency relief after famine, war, disease, and natural disasters, you have the opportunity to show God’s love.
Medical problems and ongoing financial hardships can sometimes create lengthy dependent relationships. It makes sense to attempt to discourage long-term dependence, but this should not be done in a judgmental manner, especially not in such a way as to keep your money to yourself. God has made many people wealthy so they might spread wealth around to those in need. While it stands that you should be careful to not create unnecessary dependencies, do not use this as a reason to not spread the blessings with which God has provided you.
Faith-Based Investing helps you have more so you can give more!