This question came up yesterday during my Sunday school class in church. I was amazed at the differing views that were discussed.
In the past, I would have answered that question with a faithful NO! Over the last year, I’ve changed my perspective and philosophy in that, in fact…
…God Does Want You To Be Rich!
Wallace D. Wattles said, “There is nothing wrong in wanting to be rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life, and that desire is praiseworthy.” [Source]
In our Sunday school discussion some people felt like they didn’t “deserve” to be rich and they weren’t wealthy because that wasn’t part of God’s plan for them…
…some thought it was evil to pursue riches. That led into a different discussion where it’s okay to pursue riches if your intent is to do good like clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and help those in need.
That’s a philosophy I whole-heartily believe in myself…
…but I also believe that God wants me to be personally rich as well. Why?
“Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money, for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.” [Source]
LET’S LOGICALLY THINK ABOUT THIS…
Most people go to work and have a job and make a living. A lot of people have to take second or third job or have a spouse be working as well just to make ends meet. The bills each month come like clockwork and if there’s not money to pay those bills our life can be turned upside down within one paycheck.
Most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Have you stopped to think what it would be like if you didn’t have to? There definitely would be a lot less worry and stress in our life!
Now ask yourself this question, how much more God use you to fulfill His purposes if you didn’t have to worry about money?
You could give more, be in the service of others, and be a lighthouse of hope for many people. God works through US to get things done and we can’t get things done because we are so busy trying to make enough money to put food on the table or pay the rent!
DOES GOD WANT YOU TO BE RICH? YES!
Despite the beliefs currently held in the world, it is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich, if you are a normal man or woman you cannot help doing so. It is perfectly right that you should give your best attention to the The Science of Getting Rich, for it is the noblest and most necessary of all studies.
If you neglect this study, you are derelict in your duty to yourself, to God and humanity, for you can render to God and humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself.
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