Does God want you to become rich?
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father… – James 1:17 (NIV)
In a previous article, I shared how I used to believe that money is evil and asking for too much of it will cause me to become evil as well.
But money on its own is just a tool that enables you to do things: good or evil.
Can money be a GIFT from God? If your answer is YES, then money can be a good thing.
For a lot of people, being rich is one of their main goals.
Looking back at my own life, I have experienced both poverty and prosperity. I have been poor to the point of having nothing to eat for some days. I have also experienced having more than enough resources to supply my needs and wants. I have had literally no money at times and an abundance of it some other times.
If I will be asked to choose between having money and no money, I would definitely choose having money. I would choose to be rich than to be poor.
I’d like to echo here what Bro. Bo Sanchez has always imparted to the members of the Truly Rich Club, “God doesn’t mind you becoming rich.”
On one condition: “That you’re already rich on the inside before you become rich on the outside.”
But what does being rich on the inside mean?
Bro. Bo lists down some characteristics that make one rich on the inside: being good, humble, kind, generous, selfless, and disciplined. I’d like to add that being financially knowledgeable is a must as well.
Money is a magnifier of what you already have inside—your traits, your habits, your virtues.
If you are not rich on the inside and suddenly becomes rich on the outside, you won’t be prepared to handle such change. For instance, if you have the poor habit of gambling, excessive spending, or excessive partying, then having a lot of money will intensify these bad habits. The Atlantic has a collection of terribly sad stories of lotto winners in the USA, where most of the winners even became poorer after some time.
So, my main point is, God does not mind you becoming rich, if you are already rich inside.
And I pray that you who are reading this will indeed become rich, so that you will be able to serve God through your wealth and hopefully make others rich, too.
Marj Baynosa is a chemical engineer and educator, who loves reading and writing in her spare time, especially on finance, faith, and other seemingly mundane things.