For as long as we can remember, most of us have had some type of relationship with money. When we were little, we had pretend money from a board game. As teenagers, after-school jobs gave us cash; as adults, we learned that the world expects us to earn as much income as we can. But what if we suddenly discovered that everything we learned about finances and wealth was wrong?
The world operates according to the mindset that says, “Whoever dies with the most stuff, wins.” We’ve been conditioned to accumulate as much physical wealth as possible, and those with less money are looked down on. Every day we see and hear reports of crimes resulting from an obsession with money. All of this stems from ignorance of God’s Word concerning money and how it should fit it with our lifestyle.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people 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 6:6-10, NIV).
There’s actually nothing wrong with having money; the problem stems from loving and trusting it more than God. It’s okay to be wealthy, but developing a wrong relationship with wealth is what trips most people up. Receiving compensation for an honest day’s labor is biblical, as long as we don’t get greedy and fall into the temptation to chase after ill-gotten gains. The “get rich quick” mindset can hypnotize us and lead us the wrong way. “Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches]” (Proverbs 13:11, AMPC).
By contrast, God’s Word gives us the correct view of money; lining up our thinking with it leads to true prosperity on every level, not just financially. It’s His will for the believer to be prosperous and successful in life, but prosperity God’s way comes from a higher source than banks or earthly treasuries. “If you start thinking to yourselves, ‘I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!’—well, think again. Remember that GOD, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:17, 18, MSG). God—not our own financial dealings or business savvy—is our source for everything. Although most people won’t accept it, this truth will never change.
Financial blessings are only a part of prosperity. Godly prosperity covers not just our finances, but our health, our happiness, our relationships with others, and our ability to succeed and thrive in every area of our lives. It begins on the spiritual level and translates into the physical realm. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2, NKJV). Believing that God loves us and wants to bless us positions us to receive amazing abundance, not just in our bank accounts, but in every other facet of our lives as well.