This is not a “CLICKBAIT” title. I am talking about actual money here people. You know…dollars, dinero, guap, yen..pesos…coins?! Yes! I want to be rich…wealthy even!!
How does that make you feel? Do you think differently of me now that I’ve made such a declaration? If I were a man with a family would you feel the same way?
I think in the church it is frowned upon for Christians to want to be rich or for us to pray for wealth. I also think it’s not “becoming” for a women to want to be rich either.
I’m not sure why that is, but I no longer care.
It does make you wonder though….”Why do you want to be rich?” “What lengths are you willing to go to in order to acquire wealth?
Let’s start with the second question…it’ easy.
I am willing to do whatever it takes to be rich. There are, of course boundaries, such as…it must be aligned with the will of God. I guess there is really only one boundary…I will do whatever it takes to be rich as long as I remain in God’s will and purpose for my life.
Why do I want to be rich? I want to be rich so I can buy more things…nicer things…provide a better life for my children…spend more time with my children and my husband…more time with my family and friends…I want to have great health care and better food choices for my family..more vacation time…I want to be able to take care of my mother in her old age…I want to be able to help my family members go to college…start a business…whatever. I want to be able to go the One7 Academy in Charlotte, NC and purchase school uniforms for all the students, provide them the technology and resources they need to be successful. I want to rebuild the One7 Apartments to make them more comfortable for the people that live there.
I want to spend more of my time doing what I LOVE with the people I LOVE.
What is wrong with that?
That’s what I thought! Why then do we, as Christians….as women, always speak with a “settling” mindset? Why do we ask for what we think we should have instead of what we actually want in life? Why do we believe having money and wanting money is evil? People often mis-quote the scriptures with ”Money is the root of all evil.” The bible doesn’t actually say that.
9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Looks like we might have a problem….doesn’t it?
I started this article with the statement “I want to be wealthy.” And clearly now, I must see the errors of my ways.
Read the scripture again.
See how verse 10 starts with the word “For”what does it mean? What is it saying? I believe these verses are saying “If you want to be rich you are really going to fall into ruin because the love of money is the root of many types of evils. Because your desire is money you will turn away from what is right to pursue it.”
Well…I don’t love money. I love God. If I have to compromise who He has called me to be in order to increase my financial standing then I don’t want it. I know, when I remain faithful to God and seek Him first, all other good things will be added unto me. I know He has called me to have an impact on the world for His glory through writing, speaking, and mentoring. I know I will be rewarded in heaven, but I will also be rewarded on earth….in this life.
I will give all the glory to Him because I know without Him I can do nothing. I know those I help will also know that their blessings came not from me…but from the Lord.
I think it takes courage to say what you really want in life. Will you allow what society says determine your hearts desire? Will you honor the vision placed in you by God and go after what you really want? It’s up to you!