“THE POWER OF RICHNESS”
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)
The Webster’s Dictionary describes rich as having abundant possessions, especially material wealth. So, richness is having wealth or great possessions; abundantly supplied with resources, means or funds. A rich person or a rich nation, abounding in natural resources.
In times of plenty, individuals and nations often take credit for their prosperity and sometimes become proud and arrogant that their own hard work and policies made them rich. The danger of this kind of thinking and believe is that individuals, nations, get busy collecting and managing wealth that they push God right out of their lives and processes.
Of course, individuals and nations as a result of their conduct, policies and leadership may have worked hard to get to where they are, but the important thing to remember is that it is the Lord who gave us, a brain to think with; the strength of body to work; the health to function properly and the skills to create possibilities. In short we are who we are and where we are because of who God is in us. It is God who gives us power to get rich.
Therefore the power of richness, of being rich, lies in using it to bring glory and honour to the All Giving God.
You see everything we have is a gift from God and a gift is something you give.
The letter of James Chapter 1 verse 16, says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
God wants us to be abundantly blessed, so that we can bless others. Genesis Chapter 12 verse 2 says, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” When God gives you something, he expects you to use it.
Unfortunately many people have allowed money and the pursuit of wealth to take the place of God in their lives.
Money, wealth,is not the problem. After all, when you look at Christianity, christian leaders need money to live and to support their families, missionaries need money to help them spread the gospel, churches need money to do their work effectively.
The problem is similar to the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21), who accumulated wealth only to enrich himself, with no concern to helping others.
The challenge to us is to adopt God’s standards rather than worldly standards when it comes to the issue of money.
Remember, wealth that is not used to benefit others, that is not used to care for and serve others, is ultimately worthless. Whatever comfort and luxury wealth affords us is transitory and in the end as Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 verse 2 puts it, “Vanity!Vanity! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is vanity.”
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, most people still believe that money brings happiness and as a result they cannot keep away from the love of money. Beloved, wealth, richness, possessions,does not lead to happiness.This is a seductive message that has ruined many lives.
Wealth carries great responsibility and wealthy, rich people will be judged by how they got their wealth and how they used it.
I urge you to always monitor what you are willing to do to get more money. “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Also, love people more than money.
Finally, I leave you with this text from 1 Timothy Chapter 6 verses 17-19, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
Beloved, if you have been blessed with wealth, then thank the Lord for it. Don’t be proud and don’t trust in your money. Use your money to do good. Be rich in good works, generous, and freely share what you have with others.
I challenge you, no matter how much money you have, let your life demonstrate that God controls the wealth that he has placed under your care.
I pray that the Lord will grant you the grace to use your wealth well and in accordance with His commands.
Good news will be yours and your household’s portion this month and always.
Happy New Month.
Venerable Prebendary Tunde Roberts