Jesus talked about money . . . A LOT. He told us, “Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). It is no surprise that talking about money is a sensitive issue; it’s tied to our hearts. When our heart attitudes are confronted with truth, we always react. Do we get angry? Do we leave the conversation? Or do we humbly change? Much of our sensitivity comes from misconceptions/myths about the Bible’s teaching on money. In this blog series, we’ll look at some of the myths that people wrestle with.
Money Myth #2: If I Give, I Will Get Rich.
I am always confused when people look to following Jesus as a way to get rich. This conversation shows us how misguided this notion is:
“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Luke 9:57–58)
If Jesus was essentially homeless, and had no possessions then, why would we think he would promise to make his followers rich? Giving with the hope that God will make us rich is not an act of worship. That attitude is giving as an investment in ourselves. Such an attitude does not honor God. God does promise that he will provide for us, and that we will prosper.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25)
The word “prosper” is where we need to build clarity. Prosperity doesn’t mean you will be filthy rich if you give. But we can have confidence that God will provide for us, as we trust him and obey his commands around stewarding the resources he has blessed us with.