There is a difference between being rich and being wealthy. First, being wealthy is part of being rich but in material possessions. In other words, it’s possible to be wealthy but still not be rich in other aspects of life; like relational, healthy wise, even spiritual. You can be rich spiritual at the same time going through material poverty dilemma, and all because you just need to get understanding and transform your mindset. But let’s compare being rich financially and being wealthy in terms of financial perspective. They both involve having a lot of money. The main difference between the two is knowledge. Wealthy people know how to make money while some rich people they may have lots of money, but they don’t know how to make more money, therefore when they lose it, that’s it for them. Maybe they got financial rich through inheritance, or winning a lottery. Wealthy people can build sustainable wealth that can last for years through multiple streams of active and passive income they have created themselves from scratch. And if somehow they end up losing it, they can start the process again. Because they are knowledgeable when it comes to money matters, they can start all over again and build wealth over time. Basically, being wealthy is defined as that status of an individual’s existing financial resources that supports his or her lifestyle, or the way of living for a longer period of time, even if he or she does not actively working to generate recurring incomes.
If you ask me whether I rather be wealthy or poor, then my answer is I rather have the problems that wealthy folks have than the problems that poverty can bring. Hello, whether you are material wealthy or poor, you can still sin against The Lord and God. Poverty can cause people to sin just as wealthy can make a man sin against God and our fellow humans. More money more problems, but believe me more poverty more problems. But then again, who told you that the wealthy people don’t want to go to heaven also?
If The Lord tells me right now through His Holy Spirit that having a lot of money will be such terrible thing for me to have because perhaps I am a very stubborn individual, I don’t fear God, or I am not stable at the moment therefore, I will end up using it to only destroy myself, and others, then I really don’t want it. I will be like the writer of the book of Proverbs in the Bible, chapter 30 verse 8 and 9 says, “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the Name of my God.”
When wealth comes to you, welcome it with both hands. Who knows? Maybe God has picked you for a reason and He wants to use you to bless others, and those who He has placed in your life. If you don’t want your excess money because you don’t want to be rich or wealthy, give it to me. I will pray for it and cover it by faith with the blood of Jesus and ask God to multiply it, then tithe 20 percent to my local Church, give 10 percent to some of my close relatives who also needs it, and donate 10 percent to a charity that take cares of orphans, save 20 percent for raining days and put some for emergency fund, and 40 percent I will use it to create amazing products and to pay for their marketing promotion costs, so that I can bless you back but others as well. Not only my products will bless many other people, but I will be able to create jobs for some people to earn income. It is more blessing to give than receiving, so when you donate your money to me, both of us will be like vehicles of blessings to others.
You think Jesus was poor…you have got to be kidding me. Jesus was walking with favor; not only people, but even money was looking for Him. In fact when He was very young, rich and wealthy folks were looking to bless Him. The story of the Magi, or the wise men in the book of Matthew chapter 1 verse 1 to 12, tells they were searching for the Lord Jesus to worshiped Him and presented their gifts. The Lord Jesus didn’t need to have money in His pocket like you and I do to manage situations and handle life. When He needed food to feed a multitude of people during conferences, He simply did a miracle. When somebody was sick, He healed them, no need of medical costs or expenses. He didn’t really need to pay for the boat as transportation; He simply could have decided to walk on water. If you invited Him in your wedding, you didn’t really need to spend a lot on beverage costs, because all you needed was water, because He could turn water into wine. He really didn’t need to have an emergency fund like you and I do, when He needed instant money; He simply commanded money to exist. In the book of Matthew chapter 17 verses 24 to 27, it records, “On their arrival in Capernaum, the Temple tax collectors came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your master pay taxes?” “Of course He does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house to talk to Jesus about it, but before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings levy assessments against their own people or against conquered foreigners?” “Against the foreigners,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the shore and throw in a line, and open the mouth of the first fish you catch. You will find a coin to cover the taxes for both of us; take it and pay them.” Someone may say, ‘oh well, it was not really a coin that came from the fish, perhaps what The Lord Jesus meant for Peter is to go fishing, and the first fish he gets, Peter will be able to sell it immediately to get the money to pay for their taxes.’ Well, let’s read another scripture passage. In the book of Luke chapter 5, verses 1 to 7, “One day as He was preaching on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, great crowds pressed in on Him to listen to the Word of God. He noticed two empty boats standing at the water’s edge while the fishermen washed their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push out a little into the water, so that He could sit in the boat and speak to the crowds from there. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets and you will catch a lot of fish!” “Sir,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if You say so, we’ll try again.” And this time their nets were so full that they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.”
You are talking about a different Title here. The Lord Jesus did things in His 33 years while walking on this planet earth thousands of years ago that you and I may not be able to do in our entire lives; this life or afterlife, hahaha. We may be limited, but He wasn’t. He broke boundaries. He lived a true limitless life.
When it comes to money, we make it so complicated all the time. It’s so complicated to the point that, when people see a wealthy Pastor, they automatically assume he or she is a false messenger and servant of God. But they forgot that this Pastor has written and published more than 100 books that are blessings people all around the world, also getting paid by guest speaking on several platforms and conferences, he or she has numerous number of products including teaching CD’s that has been blessing people, and on top of that he or she has a salary, getting paid for his or her well-done job to advancing the Kingdom of God here on earth, but maybe also making his own investment on real-estate to make extra income. A worker has got to be paid, and all he or she has earned is hard working money. In some societies they expect wealthy Pastors to split all their entire wealth and remain with nothing. When the Pastor takes a vacation, or drives a nice car, and sleep in a nice house, it is a sin, but if it was them, it’s not….hahaha. They forget that even if the Pastor donates all the wealthy to them, they may still end up being broke because they lack knowledge of how to maintain it and multiply it. They need to change first their mentality. They forget that this Pastor is already blessing so many people with so much already that if they apply the Bible teachings themselves and learn from the Pastor, they also can become like him or her. Who knows? Perhaps it is the Pastor’s biggest contributions and offers that are running some of the Church outreach ministries every day. In fact, some of them are wealthy but their money end up going back to the Church for its expansion. I understand, it is a Pastor’s job to make sure his or her Church members and attendees are getting better in their lives, but Pastors are humans just like us, and they can only do what they can, they are just the messengers. God is the One Who is doing all the work, but you also as a member and attendee has got to yield to God’s Will for your life, and His guidance, invest in your self-improvement, get understanding, and walk by faith. The Lord Jesus mentioned in the Bible that there are going to be false preachers who will come in His name, but I don’t think He signaled the wealthy ones. Even poor Pastors can be false preachers too. That’s why it’s important to read the Bible on your own and fellowship with God through His Holy Spirit to personally guide you with everything, but it also helps if you fellowship with other believers.
There is no greater investment you can make on this earth than saving a soul. When we die here on earth, basically it is a physical death that is occurring, but our spirit or souls will continue to live in the afterlife. Think of money to be like our bodies, they both are the means to live the life God has created for us to live on this planet earth. Therefore, when we die we won’t be able to take our money as well to the afterlife. So, it is up to us to use our money to live the life God wants us to live: to know, honor, and serve Him; to enjoy the blessings of life; to create memories hopefully good ones for ourselves here on earth and make it a better place; but also to invest in our afterlife. Just like you invest for your future self here on planet earth, there is also a real future about your life in the afterlife you need to start thinking about investing.
In the book of Luke chapter 16 reading from verses 8 to 13, this is what The Lord Jesus said, “It is true that the citizens of this world are more clever in dishonesty than the godly are. But shall I tell you to act that way, to buy friendship through cheating? Will this ensure your entry into an everlasting home in heaven? No! For unless you are honest in small matters, you won’t be in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s money, why should you be entrusted with money of your own? “For neither you nor anyone else can serve two masters. You will hate one and show loyalty to the other, or else the other way around—you will be enthusiastic about one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” In the book of Matthew chapter 6 verses 19 and 20, The Lord Jesus said, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value and are safe from thieves. If your profits are in heaven, your heart will be there too.”
He also said it is hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God, but with God all things is possible. In the book of Matthew chapter 19 verses 16 to 26, it records that, “Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Good master, what must I do to have eternal life?” “When you call me good you are calling me God,” Jesus replied, “for God alone is truly good. But to answer your question, you can get to heaven if you keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied, “Don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself!” “I’ve always obeyed every one of them,” the youth replied. “What else must I do?” Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away sadly, for he was very rich. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “It is almost impossible for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. I say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God!” This remark confounded the disciples. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, no one. But with God, everything is possible.”
If you let God be first in your life, your guidance and your only Master, then with your wealth you can do a lot of great and goodness into this world, and help so many other people. If you will yield to His directions, God can send you to go somewhere, and do this and that for His people. I think money is the root of all evil when you put it first before God, when you make it your master and let it drives you to do evil and unpleasant things. You need to put your trust in God, not your money. The Lord Jesus said you cannot serve two masters, you will either ignore one. What you need is to make God your master, and money your servant. Tell your money to serve you, and do the things you want it to do for you, and God said to do, and not the other way around. Think about it, even if you lose your wealth today, you can make it again. God can help you by empowering you. When you already have the knowledge, skills, and experiences, all you need to get started is one idea, or purpose, or dream from God.
In the book of Matthew chapter 22, verses 36 to 40, someone asked the Lord Jesus, “Sir, which is the most important command in the laws of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others.”
So you can use your money to show an act of love to yourself, and other people, and advance the Kingdom of God. If you know ripping off people is not such a thing God approves of, then don’t get involved in activities where you earn your money by ripping off people and things like that. When you start doing things God wants and approves for one another, then that is your act of showing that you love God and fear Him. As you love yourself, love other people too. When you are blessed, bless others as well.
So, get understanding, and get rid of your money blocking beliefs. Change your mindset, change your life.
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