01 May How to Build Wealth and Influence the Kingdom: An Excerpt
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Have you heard the exciting news? In the past few weeks, I launched my NEW Money Mastery companion workbook!
If you’ve already read Money Mastery, this workbook is for you. It will walk you through the concepts and principles in the book in a deeper, more practical way. And if you’ve always wanted to read Money Mastery but haven’t done so, this workbook is for you too! It is an excellent way to live out the steps you’re reading about in the book.
Money Mastery covers how to build wealth – from debt to complete financial freedom! In the book, I share how to gain assets and build your passive income. If you follow the principles in the book, you will make it to a point your life where you can give away everything – all of your money – to the Kingdom.
Today, I’m sharing a short excerpt from Money Mastery to get you excited about the brand new workbook. Why? Because I believe that the Money Mastery book – along with the companion workbook – have the power to change your life. And in the process, you will give God much glory.
In this excerpt, I talk about Cukierkorn’s explanation of worship and Tikkun Olam.
Money Mastery Excerpt: Work as Worship
Something I’ve always found to be fascinating is how the Jewish people view wealth. In their mindset, they consider work the same as worship. When we study the Old Testament there are several words in the Hebrew language for the word “worship.” One of the primary words for “worship” has the exact same meaning as the word “work.”
Because they see the accumulation of wealth as a virtue and believe that they’re partnering with God in the creative process, they see work as “worship.”
In “Secrets of Jewish Wealth Revealed,” Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn writes:
“One of the great differences that set Jews apart from other cultural groups is that we see our wealth as a means to partner with God, as a way to bring God’s kingdom into this earth, a concept that we call tikkun olam — perfecting the world. We perfect the world by using our God-given wealth to further God’s realm on this planet. So, what you see is that the Jewish people’s pursuit of wealth is often paired with the pursuit of charitable works, not only for selfish purposes.”
Jesus prayed in Matthew 6, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in the earth, as it is in heaven.” We must understand that when we partner with God and live as a blessing to the earth, then it’s not about becoming this rough, gruff business person. It’s about becoming a godly man or woman who is functioning by God’s laws of wealth.
When I function by God’s laws of wealth and I practice his principles, then I automatically become a blessing to the world. But this is where we miss it: we think we are a blessing only when we give. And that’s true, we are a blessing when we give, tithe, and bring offerings. But we can do so much more.
The problem we sometimes have in the church is that the only place we see true empowerment is in the area of giving. So, we give people a fish. We give a lot of fish. Believe me, to support Christian ministry, to support local churches, we need to bring our tithes and our offerings.
But let’s be crystal clear. There is an empowerment process that happens with your employees. There is an empowerment process that happens when you bring people up in their lives economically. It is empowering to enable an individual to have their own business or assets.
And we honor God when we make these things happen through our position in life. We bring a greater expression of God’s power, God’s grace and God’s anointing into people’s lives. We are a blessing.
The Jewish mindset allows for this. They live by this. It’s not about can I pay my bills, can I have more, can I have this, can I have that. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with being blessed personally, but it’s about how I express that.
Rabbi Cukierkorn says it very plainly when he talks about tikkun olam, which means “perfecting the world.” Perfecting the world? What are you talking about? Rabbi Cukierkorn also said this:
“To be religious Jews, we are not supposed to isolate ourselves on a mountaintop and meditate, nor are we to take vows of poverty. Rather, we are supposed to get out into the world, interact with it, and elevate the mundane. This, in fact, is the traditional meaning again of “tikkun olam.” We repair the world by elevating it to the holy.”
In other words, when we get involved in this wealth-creation process, we are taking the mundane and elevating it to the holy—as long as we’re doing it God’s way. If the Lord our God gives us the power to get wealth, then it is God who empowers us so that we can come in and have an impact in our world. It’s not just about living and waiting until we get out of here. It’s about Matthew 6: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in the earth as it is in heaven.”
That looks like us partnering together with God in the earth to take the mundane and elevate it to the holy. It looks like us working with God to make His Kingdom come.
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