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Scriptures about Money—Do You Have to be Broke?

Darren Laudenbach - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Many Christians all over the world make the mistake of thinking—even teaching—that Christians should not have money. They believe that God gives us money so that it should be given away, that having money is evil and to be avoided. However, today we’ll learn that God never said that He wants us to be broke; in fact, He wants to bless us so abundantly that we’ll be out of debt and able to share with those around us. Sounds great, right?

Let us start with God’s Word. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (NIV) God is a good Father, so if He’s able to do something, and this proves that He is, then you know He’ll do it. Consider this: If it were a sin to have money, why would God promise to bless us abundantly? Keep reading, because it adds that we’ll have what we need, abound (which means exist/have in large amounts) in every good work, at all times! That’s pretty incredible to consider, the thought of having more than enough when we need it, so much so that we can help others in need (do good works).

If You Don’t Have Enough…

Okay, I hear everyone arguing about not having enough to do good works, especially when there are so many bills to pay. I'm not saying that you should avoid paying your bills and instead donate everything to charity or the church. However, if you sow good seeds and do one simple thing, you’ll soon discover that you are being blessed far more abundantly than you could have imagined. What’s the one simple thing? Ask!

According to James 4:2, you don’t have more because you aren't asking for it. That said, remember that God’s neither a genie nor a slave. He won’t give you more money just so you can buy a bigger, fancier car, a mansion on a hill, or neglect to tithe. You have to do your part, but He does want to reward responsible behaviour where money is concerned.

Ask, Seek, Knock

In Matthew, we learn to do three easy steps for success in every aspect of life: Ask, seek, and knock. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:7-12 NIV)

Again, God is a good Daddy, much like the good earthly father who works so hard to give his children good things in life. Ask Him for what you need, and do your part so that you don’t hinder your blessings. Be responsible, the Biblical good steward of what He provides, seek His face so that you know what to do with the result, and knock on the windows of Heaven. Watch out though, they will open!