This is a good question especially if you are very religious. A lot of us believe that as religious people, we should live with a “Small Box Mentality” in order to make heaven. That is wealth and religion doesn’t blend together. Some claim that if you are to remain right with God, forget wealth. Others even quote out of context that Money is the root of all evil. But what I read and know is that the love of money is the root of all evil. This love which in most cases is not anchored on God will definitely lead someone to evil schemes.
God desires for us to have life and have it more abundantly. It is His desire for us to live a rich and fulfilled life. Fulfilment in life can only happen when you impact on the lives of others through selfless service. Wealth is a factor to achieving this. You can’t give what you don’t have…..can you?
But let me ask you as a Christian……..Do you live in an average house, go to an average place of work, and have an average bank account? Do you also hope to die an average death unknown and unsung so that you can make heaven?
That is the small box mentality. Don’t just exist, live life and live it well. Dream dreams and make an impact on humanity and for God. Life is about living your dreams; don’t dream of a good life, live a good life. Don’t dream of making an impact on mankind, make an impact.
Now coming to the question I earlier asked, can religion and wealth go together? I will answer as a Christian…. My answer is YES…Christians MUST desire and work to get wealthy for it is part of our redemption package. Besides, it is a vehicle for the advancement of God’s kingdom here on earth. Wealth or prosperity is a right for every child of God. There are so many scriptures that buttress this. However, let us examine (Deut. 8:18) It says, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to create wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (NKJV).
Looking at this and many more, you will agree that nobody is created poor. As a matter of fact, God is not glorified by our poverty. How can the Kingdom of God advance if all Christians are poor?
But God has made the provision for us to improve our financial standing that His work might go on. The problem therefore lies in us. Believing His Word and honouring Him with the wealth. Do we have the right mindset to achieve financial freedom to the Glory of God?
You need to create a mindset of abundance. The mindset of an individual is what makes him rich or poor. You are the only person who can prevent yourself from achieving a financial freedom. God has already given us the ability. Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”
It is not what you think that is holding you back in life. It is what you think you are not. God has given us the power to make wealth. Until we change our mindset and back it with action; we shall continue to struggle financially.
My friends, the mindset of the wealthy and upper class people confers in them, the habit of wealth creation and gathering. They are not into liabilities. The middle class believes in showing how many cars they own. While the poor have a certain mindset – they are destined to be poor.
The poor believe that God created them that way – no connection or a rich background. But we forget that the thoughts of God towards us are of peace and not evil, to give us a future and a hope. (Jer 29:11). God has deposited in each and every one of us a lot of potentials and abilities to harness and create wealth for Him, our families and the society. But our mindset limits us and we end up blaming people and the society.