Abundant Living

Many Christians are very uncomfortable with the topic of money, yet Jesus talked about money many times in the Bible. If a pastor delivers a sermon about money, everybody starts to squirm in their seats. I saw that as a minister for over two decades. Christians have allowed money to become a topic that isn’t often discussed in a positive manner, yet God’s word teaches us something completely opposite. Money is meant to enrich our lives and be used to benefit others.  

We see in the Old Testament that it is a very important topic. Proverbs 13:22 says that a good man lays up an inheritance for his children's children. Think of how much money it would require to provide for the generations to come. How can you do that? In today’s society people live hand-to-mouth. That clearly was not what God intended for his children. It is not how He wants us to experience life as believers. Jesus said, "I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly." I believe Jesus meant that every aspect of life should be abundant, including the financial aspect. The average American, living paycheck to paycheck, isn’t living abundantly.

There was a woman who attended a TRADEway event several years ago. During one activity, I handed a $100 bill to her. She began to cry, because that was the amount her mom was able to give her at the end of her life. She gave $100 to this woman, and $100 to her sister, but that's all she had after working her entire life. Unfortunately, many people leave less than that to their children.  I've had the privilege of going on many cruises, and I see people that have stored up money for their entire working lives. By the time they are finally able to travel to the exotic places they’ve dreamed about, their health has deteriorated to the point that they're not even able to get off the ship and experience the destination. I don't believe that is the abundant life God desires for us to have.

It’s important to develop skill sets, gain knowledge, and apply it. God wants to bless you. I can assure you that if you're going to have an amount of money that's enough to leave your children's children, then you’re going to have to do some things differently. You’re going to have to think about wealth differently. You’re going to have to become comfortable with the idea that it is okay for Christians to not only make money, but to have an abundance of money so that they can use that tool for God's glory.

Geoffrey Nance