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The Key to Riches

So, I want to follow-up yesterday’s post with some thoughts about money.

Have you ever run into stingy Christians?

How can this be?

Well guess what – stingy Christians will never get past money!

Check this out:

If therefore you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you? (Luke 16:11 NASB)

This verse begs a few questions:

  1. What’s in your wallet? Is it yours or His?
  2. What would that faithfulness look like?
  3. What are true riches?

1 - Let me be plain here – Everything you have actually belongs to God, and you are meant to manage it for Him. I understand that many of us have a hard time even tithing and feel like God has some nerve even suggesting such a thing. This simply demonstrates that we don’t understand Whose empire we are managing. (I am resisting a rant here)

2 - If this is true, that it is all God’s, then wouldn’t faithful management reflect His character? God is the most generous, loving, and passionate being in any universe.

(ok now I am going to rant a bit)

I have heard people for years blaming their stingy lifestyle on “good stewardship.” Let me help you – Good stewardship MUST reflect the priorities of the Master. [Tweet This] If the stewardship does not reflect the Master’s priorities, then it is bad stewardship.

Show me one place in scripture when God is stingy.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32 NASB)

Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NASB)

3 – Finally – true riches? I have heard this scripture preached that if you want lots of money you need to be faithful in a little money, but I do not believe that is what Jesus is saying here.

What would you call True Riches?

  • Souls? (Your loved ones, friends and acquaintances in the kingdom of God)
  • Revelation? (The ability to know the voice of God and hear it)
  • Love? (True friendship – joy filled community of believers)
  • Revial? (Can a nation be turned toward Jesus?)

What would you add to my list?

Know this – all of the most valuable things in life come through living as a generous re-presentation of our amazing Father.

Thanks for coming by today


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0 thoughts on “The Key to Riches

  1. Caddo Veil

    Hi Ben! Following my "revelation" experience, infilling of the Holy Spirit, miraculous intervention by God--I'm still not sure how to describe it--in March 2011, I received great teaching on tithing, and have been not only a faithful tither--but a joyful one. As I've stated before (and without any bid for sympathy), I live on "little"--yet feel wealthy. To your list of "true riches", I would add "Peace"--peace in knowing that, although the future is sometimes a scary unknown, God knows and He has made provision for it: it will be Good. God bless you and the fam abundantly--have a wow-wonderful weekend. love, sis Caddo

  2. Ben Nelson

    So glad to hear the Spirit rocked your world in 2011! Yay God!

    Peace!!!!! - +5 for Sister Caddo for adding Peace to the list!

    I am expecting great things this weekend as always. Thanks much!

  3. Debbie

    I love your list, your rant, and your reminder that God is never stingy. 🙂 I was thinking maybe grace would qualify as true riches. God bless you in great and generous ways this weekend!

  4. meetingintheclouds

    So much in so few words! Thanks Ben for a time of praise this morning.

    I daresay if we began a list of true riches, it would be unending. God showers us with an abundance of His riches. Love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, peace . . . these would have to be among the imediate and most appreciated riches, but as one who knew no love and no security for the first 22 years of life, I would have to say the absolute SECURITY I have in Christ, and His abiding presence, are indeed among the true riches He bestows on us.

    What a truly amazing God!


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