I counted the money once again, just for fun. It wasn’t much change but the boost of excitement whenever I found a quarter in the pool kept me motivated to continue exploring for treasure.
As a kid, I loved money. My pretend play often involved businesses, whether it was playing restaurant or bookstore or building a theme park with Roller Coaster Tycoon, the idea of starting with a little and making it grow was exciting.
As someone growing up in the church, I felt mixed about my enjoyment of money. It seemed much more spiritual to yearn for Mission Trips over European vacations or to take a low paying job in full time ministry than to create a financially successful business career. In my heart I knew that being broke doesn’t serve God, others or me but Jesus did express how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom - and I certainly didn’t want to be left out!
However, God has taught me to not resent my desires, but rather expand my dreams to glorify Him with my money making instincts. He has shown me how impact and income are interconnected and honestly now I feel a responsibility to maximize my talents and resources to create wealth in a way that glorifies Him in the process AND in the way I steward it.
Are you are at a place where you believe that money is a valuable resource? Are you in a season where God has called you to expand your impact and income for His glory?
If so, these 6 principles will shine line on how to create wealth while establishing healthy boundaries that keep you in alignment with God’s Word.
Seek first the Kingdom
Sometimes Jesus’s messages can be a little cryptic but this one He made totally clear.
Matthew 6:33 (AMP) But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
This is the healthy boundary that keeps you in alignment with God’s Word as you pursue purpose driven profits. Here are a few practical examples of what this looks like.
Prioritize time with God over getting more work done
Listen to the Holy Spirit’s direction in your decisions for the direction of your business, investments, stewardship and generosity with the money God’s given you etc.
Always stay in alignment with what is right as you go about making money
Pray to keep your heart in alignment with God in your motives and actions
2) Righteousness and wisdom lead to financial prosperity
Sometimes it can feel like we have a choice: either live for God or make good money. While we know from the bible that we cannot serve both God and money, it doesn’t mean we can’t serve God and have money! Notice how the first principle I listed was seek FIRST God. That means HE is the master and the priority. But what does God say about money?
Turns out, God created the world in such a way that honoring Him through righteousness and wisdom actually leads to wealth (in general and particularly in free Capitalistic countries that allow you to reap the rewards of your labor.)
Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
There are other godly qualities that are fantastic for business. There are more examples for I created this video where I dove into how the fruits of the spirit lead to profit.
3) Ask for what you want.
Do you regularly ask God for what you want beyond a simple list of prayer requests from your bible study?
Honestly...I don’t. In fact, this principle is so overlooked in my life I originally left this principle out of my biblical prosperity video I made about this subject!
However, Philippians 4:6 (AMP) says Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
Also in Luke 18:1-8 Jesus shares the parable of the insistent widow who continues to petition an unjust judge with a request and eventually gets her way. Jesus then contrasts the unjust judge to God, how much more likely would God, the good Father, listen to His children’s requests?
Yes, pray for other people, of course. Pray for strength in becoming more Christ-like. Wonderful stuff. But ALSO, if you feel like God called you to a business and you yearn to double your clients or whatever, talk to GOD about it. You don’t have a prayer request limit.
4) Ask with faith.
It’s one thing to follow through with asking but it’s another to believe it will happen. This means there is expectation. And YES, it’s easier to believe it’s going to happen when you see evidence of it happening. However, when the evidence comes in, it’s no longer faith but rather logic that you are relying on.
If you struggle with this one, I feel ya! Oftentimes I don’t even ask because I don’t have faith. But it is entirely biblical to ask and to have faith and wait in expectation. God is good and we can praise Him even when we still haven’t seen the results. David gave us a great example in Psalm 81 of how to respond to that situation. His “formula” is to praise God, bring up the promises, be honest about the frustration of not receiving the expected favor and then praise again. The whole time though, the faith in God’s ability, faithfulness and love for him was unwavering.
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
HOWEVER, do not hear me saying “if you want to be a millionaire this year, you will be, as long as you have enough faith.” The idea of this is not to test God or reject His sovereignty and will. This is really about recognizing we are children of a mighty, powerful God and nothing is impossible for Him. Even if we risk disappointment, we are to pray with expectation. The good news is that as we align our hearts with His, we will receive what we ask for (because what we want is God’s will and His will will be done.)
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
5) Actions are required for results.
I can’t tell you how often people tell me that they were called by God to do something (typically in my audience they are called to start a business) and are waiting on God. I can feel the frustration in comments. In the online space just setting an intention to serve people in a certain way does not build relationships and create influence. There’s a lot of hard work, trying and “failing.” God uses that to develop us into WHO we need to be to fill the purpose to which He has called us.
We see action and challenges throughout the bible.
Moses had to get over his feelings of inadequacy and petition Pharaoh to let his people go. (And it took multiple times before he finally got a yes!)
Jesus put it on the disciples to feed the 5,000 men. First they had to get over their panic and doubt. Then they had to find what food was available. It wasn’t multiplied before it was distributed, the miracle happened as the disciples took faithful actual in sharing what looked like a tiny amount of food to a huge crowd.
Throughout Proverbs there are dozens of verses expressing the Law of the Harvest (you reap what you sow.) Laziness leads to poverty and hard work leads to prosperity.
Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands brings wealth.
6) Believe that God’s Blessings are Greater Than What We Ask For
It’s so important with Christian money mindset to accept the belief that God really does care and loves to bless us. And those blessings are truly fulfilling, not an cop out for what you actually wanted. As you stay aligned with God’s heart (Principle 1), God’s blessings don’t leave you wishing you got something else.
Matthew 7:11 “If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him.”
That verse is sometimes abused as proof that God will definitely give you whatever financial gift you ask for, but remember while sometimes God gives materially, Jesus focuses first on the eternal above all else. There are spiritual things gifts like the fruits of the spirit (which are promised to us) plus all kinds of other blessings whether that is an experience or relationship.
With that said, it is important to recognize that God knows us and does care about our day to day lives and desires. I fully believe that if you are struggling to make ends meet…he cares and is interesting in supporting you out of that. As we align our heart with God’s, our motives shift and become more Christlike. Often that is when we start seeing the results we originally asked for.
God’s solutions may not always look just the way we originally imagined it, but isn’t the reason we want something because of how it will make us feel? Whatever blessing God has in store for you, it will be the same or better than what you had in mind so we can look forward in expectation with an abundant mindset, knowing that God has more than provided for us.
Provided you are in a circumstance in which your calling leaves you open to financial blessing (as in He has NOT called you to sell everything and do something that doesn’t make money), I believe prosperity is totally on the table as a gift He may grant you. After all, God loved to promise prosperity to His people the Israelites. Now His favor has expanded to everyone through Jesus and there are numerous passages in which God compares an earthy valuable possession to good spiritual treasures, indicating that those things are good. (They only become a problem as the enemy does what he does, which is distort what is meant for good for evil.)
7) Give God glory through your blessings
In the secular world it’s all about self. What do I want? How do I want to feel? If goals are met, look at what I did. (Or sometimes it becomes look at what my thoughts did, or my subconscious mind. Read more about that in What the Bible Says About Manifesting.)
But as Christians, it’s all about God. Not just as in giving away lots of money or making money through a biznistry that allows your income to expand with your impact, but even when we are enjoying the fruits of our labor and enjoying the fine things in life. It is totally wonderful and biblical to have nice things and experiences but we can take it to a spiritual level. How?
For one, point up and say “thank you God for this blessing! Thank you God for creating this and then making it possible for me to enjoy it.” Ultimately the purpose of those blessings are to bring glory to Him.
Recap of the 7 Principles
Seek first the Kingdom
Righteousness and wisdom lead to financial prosperity
Ask for what you want
Ask with faith
Actions are required for results.
Believe that God’s Blessings are Greater Than What We Ask For
Give God glory through your blessings
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