How much would your annual income have to be to make the top 1% of the wealthiest people in the world? According to Investopedia.com it is $32,400 per year. Does 99% of the world consider you wealthy?
You might believe “more” would make you happy. But the news tells of those who seem to have it all, but their wreaked lives are obviously miserable. Is it possible to have joy instead of misery in dealing with your finances?
Real joy is not determined by what you have, but by what has you. It’s not who you are that counts, but who’s you are.
To be genuinely blessed is to have joy. Jesus tells us how to be blessed, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
In a world that screams incessantly to buy something, drive a newer car, live in a bigger house, and go on more vacations, it is amazing that the Creator of this world says we find joy not in accumulation but in generosity!
If God made you rich, what would be his purpose for the wealth? Would it be to obtain more luxuries? The Bible says, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion” (1 Corinthians 9:11). The purpose of wealth is so you can be more generous!
God’s principles seem upside-down to our worldly way of thinking. It would seem that if you gave more away, you would have less to give. But in God’s economy the opposite is true, the more generous you are the more God will supply you! Here’s the promise, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
This famous verse comes from the final words of the book of joy, Philippians. God’s promise to supply our needs is in the context of generosity. It is generosity that triggers God’s supply! God richly supplies our needs, not to get more, but to give more.
What you spend your money on indicates what you really love. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). What does your checkbook say that you love?
A critical indicator of loving God is your financial priority. Is the first part of your income, at least the first ten percent, being used to accomplish God’s purposes through His church? The Bible says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crop” (Proverbs 3:9-10). Do you give God leftovers or firstfruits? Generosity is the key to joy!
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