Get Rich the Jesus Way in Three Simple Steps!

Does God want me to be rich?

“Does God want me rich?” Good question! The argument seems to sway both ways on this one. Some think that children of the King aught to live like royalty. Others believe that we should give up everything. You may even be wondering if “riches” are an important topic for Christians at all.

Yes, it’s important! We’ll find out why soon enough, but first let’s take a look at 3 steps that will help you to get rich!

Step One – Realize That Money isn’t What Makes You Rich

“Some people are so poor, all they have is money.”
― Patrick Meagher

Wah Wah! Sorry for the early plot twist, but this is totally true. Money has a place, but it isn’t the means to happiness. Money also doesn’t equal true riches.

Proverbs 11:4 (ESV)

4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Read all of Proverbs 11!

 

Mark 8:34-37 (ESV)

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Read all of Mark 8!

 

Money can be a major obstacle for a lot of people. Because of this, money actually hinders a lot of people from obtaining true riches. Don’t worry though, the next two steps can help you in that area!

Step Two – Choose Your Master

does God want me rich

If I had to sum this article up in one sentence it might be:

Don’t be Mr. Krabs because he isn’t a good role model.

Mr. Krabs is a perfect example of someone who lets money be his master. He lives for money. He dreams about money. He is in love with money.

Arrrgargargargargarg!

-Mr. Krabs

There are plenty of people outside of the ocean who live for money too. They are perfectly content sacrificing…

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Time With God

… As long as it brings them closer to a bigger paycheck.

The problem One of the problems with this lifestyle is that, ironically, it robs you of what actually matters – a healthy relationship with God.

 Luke 16:10-15 (ESV)

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Read all of Luke 16 here!

Step Three – Give

I obviously don’t condone gambling, lying, or profanity. Unfortunately all of that is in this video, but the reaction of the homeless man is awesome. He immediately insists on sharing the money.  This homeless man may be more “rich” than many financially stable people.

There are plenty of good things you can do with money, but the best option is to use it in a way that glorifies God. Serve God, not money.

Jesus has a lot of amazing things to say about giving. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Matthew 19:16-26 (ESV)

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Read all of Matthew 19!

Mark 12:38-44 (ESV)

38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Read all of Mark 12!

All of these verses seem to work together. They speak a message about what really matters, and they acknowledge the danger of living a life in the service of money.

It’s amazing how many people seem to base their entire existence around the idea of making more money. That isn’t the way to be rich. I highly encourage you to start giving. Not only does it help people, but it also helps you to live a healthier life. It helps to put things in perspective. Get that selfishness out of your heart!

I hope you feel inspired to get up and go do some good work! If you’re looking for an easy way to help the world out, I recommend Samaritan’s Purse. They seem to be very active in helping people in need, and very open about where their finances are spent. If not, there are plenty of other ways to give!

So what are you waiting for? Go get rich!

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