(EDIT: Before reading this post, take a minute to read The Only Way to Get Rich)
God wants you to be rich. He does. And there are only two ways to become rich.
You can make more money, or you can want less stuff. One of the solutions is more interesting than the other.
Want less stuff.
Have you ever spent time with people in abject poverty? Have you ever noticed that those people have no idea they live in abject poverty?
It’s because they don’t.
Because they want less stuff than you do. Their standard for “abject poverty” is much different.
Let’s look at it a different way: Think about the richest man in the world 2,000 years ago. What did he have? Horses, camels, homes, servants, spices… fine purple linens (oooooooh!)
Would you trade lives with him?
I wouldn’t trade lives with that guy for anything because I love my car… and air conditioning… and refrigerators.
The richest man 2,000 years ago may have had purple linens, but I’m sure they don’t come close to my 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. And sure, he owned a lot of cows, but he didn’t have hamburgers. (And he certainly didn’t have Hopdoddy.)
So I’m completely serious when I say: I’m not even close to being the richest man alive but I don’t want to be the richest man 2,000 years ago, not compared to what I have now. Any rational person today with modest affluence would say the exact same thing.
But… but… but… he was the richest man alive – and we all want to be rich right? Right. But we wouldn’t trade lives with the richest man 2,000 years ago because rich is relative. Perspective means everything.
(Without getting preachy, this is the point where I should remind you that we are offered a massive inheritance in Christ. An inheritance which dwarfs anything we could personally accumulate for ourselves. Maybe this section should have been called “Want more stuff” or “Want the right stuff.” If rich is only ever defined here (on earth), you’re going to be sorely disappointed some day. Remember – rich is relative.)
Make more money. (EDIT: If you haven’t, please take a minute to read The Only Way to Get Rich)
Let’s be honest, if you want to be rich the world says you need to get more. God is interested in helping you do that. (ok ok ok… wait, what?)
Let’s look at a chart (yay for charts of modest necessity!). Your career and faith could be plotted on the graph below. One axis is how faithful you are, the other axis is how successful you are. God is interested in moving you to be more faithful and more successful. He wants you to move from the bottom left corner to the top right.
Ultimately though, God is more interested in increasing your spiritual maturity than your professional development, but he wants both. First, he wants you to be spiritually mature so that any increases in wealth or status become simply tools you use to serve him with, rather than tools you serve. Second, he wants you to have more resources so that you can glorify him with more.
That last sentence – “God wants you to have more…” isn’t a prosperity gospel claim. God is offering you an inheritance equal to the one he holds for his Son. He, not you, defines what “more” is (don’t forget that) Now, try and argue with me that he doesn’t want you to have more.
Get Rich Quick. (EDIT: If you haven’t, please take a minute to read The Only Way to Get Rich)
It’s really simple – make more money and want less stuff. What are you going to do today to get rich?