Deuteronomy 8 tells us, “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to get wealth.”
God gives us the power to get wealth, which means that God must want us to become wealthy. But then the Bible says, “You cannot serve both God and money.”
Why would God want us to become wealthy when he doesn’t want us to serve money?
In my book Money Mastery, I remind readers of the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. Sure, the Good Samaritan had a kind heart and a desire to serve. He wanted to help. But he also had the resources – the wealth – to be able to help when the emergency happened.
“The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.” (Luke 10:35)
Wealth is a good thing. It is a gift from God. We must remember that it is God who gives us the power to get wealth, which means that there are specific reasons for our wealth.
Why does God want us to be wealthy?
With wealth, we can participate in God’s work.
We have the opportunity to participate in God’s work in the world – kingdom work that truly matters. We are co-laborers with God, which means God has a part to play and we have a part to play.
The work that happens through my nonprofit Tricord is a great example of the opportunity we have to participate in God’s work. Through Tricord, we provide microfinance loans to small business owners in developing countries.
One woman in Africa has employed fourteen people, started a grocery store, and changed the economic standard of her whole village – all because of a series of loans from Tricord Global!
With wealth, we have the freedom to participate in God’s work in the world.
Building wealth grows and changes us.
The accumulation of wealth is a virtuous endeavor. Think about it: accumulating wealth means thinking rightly, managing well, and honestly stewarding resources. All of these processes encourage growth and virtuous living.
Being afraid to build wealth limits God’s ability to change us. By steadily working toward greater wealth and remembering that it is God who gives us the power to get wealth, we have the opportunity to be “holy in the earth” – to take God’s gifts and steward them well.
We grow. We serve God. God works in us.
We’re able to care for the needy.
Look around and you will see the incredible amount of need all around us. As money masters, we are able to meet those needs in impactful ways.
One of my favorite ideas when it comes to giving of our resources is this: “Instead of giving somebody a fish so they can eat the fish, teach them how to fish. Then they will always have food.”
Think about the spheres of influence you currently have. How can you empower the needy around you so that their futures are changed for the better? What skills can you teach? What training can you provide?
With the power of wealth, we’re able to step in and impact. As Christians and as people who master our money, we never want to neglect caring for the needs of those around us.
Our work is a form of worship.
Rabbi Cukierkorn says, “We repair the world by elevating it to the holy.” How do we elevate the world to the holy?
We work for the Lord. We serve God with our resources. We continue to grow and better ourselves so that we have opportunities to build wealth.
It’s never about how much more we can have, how big our home is, or what vacation we’re able to take. It’s about using our work – the process of developing wealth – to worship God.
Sure, the other pieces are blessings along the way. I don’t think there is anything wrong with enjoying those blessings. However, the process of building wealth allows us to use our work as worship. That is the greatest blessing.
As long as we build wealth God’s way – and remember that is God who gives us the power to get wealth – there is nothing wrong with becoming the masters of our money. In fact, we should become the masters of our money.
We should impact the world, care for the needy, allow ourselves to grow, and think of our work as worship to the Lord.
Let’s partner with God to make His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. This is why we should never be afraid to build wealth.
For more on wealth-building and becoming the master of your money, check out my book, Money Mastery!