Wealth is the gift of God. We are accountable for the wealth God gives us. The Lord does not give us money to lead a luxurious life. It is to help the poor and needy, to promote God's ministry and for our own needs. We have to think about our needs and necessities. What are our priorities in life? Is it to become wealthy and acquire the grandest houses and a fleet of cars?
We are here on earth only for a short time. For that time,
we need money to live. The more we give out, the more we get. We must
never become victims of wealth. Money is not our
master. God is the Master of our wealth. He controls it and releases it
as He wills. We must not use any means to acquire wealth other than by
the instructions in God's Word.
God is nobody's debtor. You are
accountable for the exact amount of money God has given you. If you are
poor, you have to account only for that. But if you are rich, you will
be called to account for it on a much larger scale. When we spend our
money, we must always think carefully about whether we are spending
it with the permission of God. Even the food we eat, the clothes we
wear, the cars we use and the money we spend on our hobbies must be
in the will of God.
God gives us money to use for our needs.
There is no doubt about that. What are our needs? There are so many
needless things that we often think needful. We have to pray and find
out the will of God in that particular matter, and before buying it, we
must make sure that it is in the will of God.
thousands of people around us who are very poor. When we see them, what
right have we to spend money to buy unnecessary things? The children of
rich parents never lack anything. It is the duty of the parents to teach
their children that they are born into a rich family not because of
their own merit or their parents' merit but only by God's grace. From
childhood onwards, children must be taught about the wise use of money. A
lavish lifestyle at home will lead the children to be spendthrifts in
It is very important that we should divide our income
into three categories: for God's kingdom, for the poor and needy, and
for our personal use. If we divide our money in this manner, we will
always have enough to give. God-given wealth, whether inherited or by
hard work, must be used for God's glory.
© Miriam Jacob