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Do Christians Have to be Broke—Part 2

Darren Laudenbach - Thursday, June 02, 2016

Last time we talked about the fact that so many Christians believe they should be without money in order to please God. We learned that this is, in fact, false doctrine and that there is no reason we should be broke since the Lord so strongly desires to bless us abundantly. Today we’re going to go a little further with explanation and evidence as to what the Bible has to say about Christians and their finances in order to make sense of the claim that Christians do not have to see a low account balance at the bank in order to be doing God’s will.

First Scripture: Leviticus 25:35 (NIV)

 “If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.”

In order to fulfil the command given in this Scripture, a Christian would have to be living with some means of giving, right? After all, how could you help someone live if you did not have enough to feed your own family? We are called to support our fellow Christians, and if we are called to do something, God will give us the means to do it. Otherwise, He would give instructions as to how they are to be supported in another way (such as a Scripture about praying for them with no mention of helping).

Second Scripture: Proverbs 20:13 (NIV)

“Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.”

Lazy people will never have anything in life, but Christians are commanded not to be lazy. We are called to work, serve, and give, and if we do this, we will have food to spare according to the Word of God. “Food to spare” indicates more than enough, which is the total opposite of being broke, right? We will have so many blessings that we will not only have enough for our family, but for spreading the wealth, and that is an amazing promise to ponder.

Third Scripture: Leviticus 19:9-10 (NIV)

“Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.”

This Scripture is giving instructions as to how the Israelites should handle their abundance. God is telling them that they will have so much to harvest that they should leave the excess for the poor or those new to the area (they won’t have had time to plant and reap a harvest). In order to have this much, they will have to see quite an abundant harvest—not barely enough to feed their own families. God would not take food out of the mouths of their children in order to feed strangers. See…just more evidence that God intends for Christians to have more than enough!

Final Thoughts

There are literally dozens of these types of Scriptures in the word of God that remind us that God is a good Father—a loving Daddy Who wants His children to have not just what they need, but more than they need. We are called to be fruitful, to bear good fruit that is a living testimony to His goodness. If we are faithful with a little, become dedicated to a financial life guided by God, He will give us so much more than we can imagine.