- Personal Finance
5 Methods God will use to bring money (part 5)
In this series 5 methods God will use to bring money is not an end within itself because these are not the only methods God may use to bring money. In other words the five methods are not the only methods, but the only five I have chosen to write about. The last method that I want to talk about is one that may seem obvious but there are many people who refuse to apply it. This last method is work or employment. Work can be seen throughout the Bible from the book of Genesis where God tells Adam to dress and keep the garden to the New Testament where we find that the apostle Paul was employed as a tent maker.
Jesus also states that the laborer is worthy of his hire or reward. So this principle states no work, no reward and the average worker today knows that if they refuse to go to work they will not be paid and may even lose their job. Of course there are many reasons why people cannot work for example, sicknesses and diseases, handicaps, mental and emotional issues and the list goes on. The system is in place to help these people who are not capable of working through state and church, but God has given the command for believers to be givers and help also. This principle can be seen in Mark 10 where Jesus deals with the rich ruler that comes to him and says what must I do to inherit eternal life.
Jesus stated to him to sell all that he had and give to the poor and come and follow me. We must conclude that he did not say this to cause the rich ruler to become poor and broke, but for him to set his priorities straight and trust in God rather than his riches. For the record Proverbs says that he that gives to the poor lends to the Lord and that which is given will he pay him again. In other words God will never be indebted to a person and the rich ruler would have eventually become richer with what the kingdom recognizes as true riches consisting of first a person's relationship with God and second the riches will be added. To add to this point Matthew 6:33 declares seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (God's way of doing things) and all these things shall be added unto you. What things? According to the text the things the Gentiles seek After which is what one will eat drink and put on known as provision.
The Bible also has much to say about laziness which leads to poverty. In Proverbs 6:6 we read go to the ant thou sluggard;( for the record a sluggard is a lazy person) consider her ways and be wise which having no guide overseer or ruler provides her meat in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep 0 sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep a little slumber a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. To assist God in talking about work, he goes to a little insect from creation that many find insignificant, an ant. First of all the ant is wise and because of that wisdom they are able to work without supervision.
Supervisors on the job are there to supervise and keep things moving for the good of the company, but an entrepreneur is responsible for keeping themselves moving because no one is over their shoulder telling them what they should do. A lazy person must be supervised or they would spend the time being unproductive. The next thing we find about the ant is that it knows that the season in which they can no longer work is soon in their future and they must gather the harvest by working before this time comes. In other words they prepare for what lies ahead. A lazy person refuses to work and continue to be unprepared for what lies ahead and end up begging their needs. Again the Bible does not condone laziness, but encourages work for the well able-bodied person and this is a major method that God uses to bring money.