Sunday, September 24, 2006

The use of wealth

I believe that God has given us, or is giving us, all the gifts and resources we need to do what He has called us to do. We may need to do a better job of managing those resources, but they are there just the same.

This means that God does not give us more than we need. If we have lots of skills and financial resources, it means that God has created something very special for us to do.

Rick Warren said that it is not a sin to be rich, but it is a sin to die rich. If we are rich it is because God has blessed us with resources. If we die rich, it is because we have squandered opportunities to use those resources as God intended.

This idea somehow goes against our modern culture where leaving money for our heirs is considered a desirable thing to do. We might think that leaving an inheritance for our children is noble, but the reality is that inherited money is seldom used wisely.

The best use of our money, or more precisely, the money God has entrusted with us, is always to find out what God gave it to us for in the first place. This is not always easy. It may result in a life-long pursuit of God and His desires and will. It will result in an extremely rewarding and fulfilling life. It almost certainly will not result in seeing how much money we can accumulate.