Am I Greedy If I Want to Be Rich?

Am I Greedy If I Want to Be Rich?

You’ve probably heard it before, “money is the root of all evil.”  So, we should just live modestly and never obtain wealth, right?  Wrong!

God wants us to live abundant lives and that includes wealth. (John 10:10)

Jesus was made poor so that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). 

In the Old Testament being “in want of all things” is listed as a curse (Deuteronomy 28:48) but on the reverse, it is listed as a blessing to have prosperity or to be “plenteous in goods” (Deuteronomy 28:11).  

I know this totally goes against some people’s theologies but let’s just get real:  You need money to fulfill your dreams. Being broke and penniless will not help you or anyone else. 

And if you want to impact this earth for the kingdom of God I promise you - you will need money.   

 King David had a dream.  His dream was to build a dwelling place for God.  His elaborate plan required a lot of money.  This task was eventually passed on to his son Solomon who achieved it but David did a great deal in providing for this dream to be reached.

 “With all my resources, I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities. Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?” – 1 Chronicles 29: 1-5

David could give of his personal treasures of gold and silver because he had gold and silver.  How amazing would it be if someone came to you with a dream you believed in and you could help sow into their dream because you had the resources?  What kind of influence do you think you would have if you had great wealth at your disposal?  King David’s son Solomon went on to have so much wealth that he made silver and gold worthless.  

 The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.” – 2 Chronicles 1:15

Solomon had such a prosperous mindset that he made gold like an everyday item.  A lot of times, what we believe we can have is limited by our mindset.  We create our own ceilings based on our circumstances and experiences.  I challenge you to break that ceiling and to think bigger than what you think is possible.  

So where does this saying, “money is the root of all evil,” come from? It’s from scripture but taken out of context.  The whole verse says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10 KJV) The phrase “the love of money” comes from the Greek word philargyria which means avarice or extreme greed. 

Yes, it’s wrong to be greedy but having money will not automatically make you greedy.

Just as wanting to be wealthy does not automatically make you greedy.  You get to choose.  

And I’m guessing if you are reading this blog, you’re not the greedy type but that you want to make a huge difference in this world. There is no limit.  Dream big!

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