What does the Bible have to say about wealth, budgeting, business, saving and investing? A lot. At the end of each week, I’d like to look at a verse concerning our heart posture towards God and money. We’ll examine how the verse addresses the practical issues of life, as well as our mindset on the gift of money God has given us. Ultimately, we should see Jesus.
Proverbs 13:11 "Wealth gained hastilyb will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it."
Proverbs is known as the book of wisdom. Each verse in this book is a simple saying that communicates a profound truth. In this verse we see the contrast between the speed at which people acquire wealth.
Wealth fluctuates. It rises and falls, depending on different situations in our lives and the decisions we make. We can be certain that our money, our wealth and possessions will change over time, and eventually, they will be left behind when we pass away. However, we have the ability to steward our wealth well. The manner in which we obtain our wealth will determine whether we increase it or lose it.
Growing up, I was impatient (and at times I'm still impatient). I wanted to have the things that I want at that very moment. When it comes to generating income, it's easy to be enticed by get rich quick schemes or trying to find that person that could help multiply our money the fastest way possible, usually with the least amount of work involved, in order to achieve the goals we've set for ourselves. There's a multitude of ways to get what our hearts long for. Only one way will actually have our hearts satisfied, keeping us content. We could either try to get our money as quick as possible, or we can save, working diligently and patiently to increase the wealth we have. Anything worth having will involve a sacrifice. Time is our most precious commodity, how will we sacrifice our time in a way that honors God? Will we be patient, content and trusting in every circumstance?
How do we see Jesus in all of this? Jesus sacrificed himself in order to purchase our salvation. To reconcile us to himself, he died a slow, painful and agonizing death. But Jesus had options in his redemption plan. Being tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Jesus could have taken the easy way out in order to obtain the crown and glory of his people. He could have hastily accepted the offer to worship the devil rather than God the Father. But, he trusted the Father fully, an eternal God spending 33 years subject to his creation, spreading the message of reconciliation person by person, miracle by miracle, parable by parable in order to increase his kingdom. IN our pursuit of wealth, I pray we don't forget who's kingdom we should be using our wealth for. As we increase our wealth little by little, celebrate each milestone, but also celebrate the opportunity to increase the Kingdom of God little by little.