God is Happy for You to Make Millions

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If you’re a long time reader of MH4C, the title may strike you as odd.

I’m not a health and wealth advocate.  If you’ve just come to this blog by Googling “Make Millions God”, then my advice to you is proceed to the back button and do not pass Go.

I’m open to be corrected, but I can’t think of a single Bible story where there was ever a negative judgement on a person because of how much he or she made.

There are certainly some who were condemned because of how they chose to make or pursue money.  There are those judged because of how they chose to spend their money.

But there is no amount of salary that is too much for a Christian.

Yet, sometimes it’s possible that we make people feel awkward as Christians for making a lot of money.  I don’t really think God cares how much a person makes.

In fact, I think that God might actually be cheering you on.  $500,000 in profits this year.  Let’s see if we can make it $750,000 next year.

That is, as long as your heart is rich towards God.

Of course, there are certain unique temptations to being a high income earner:

  • Pride
  • The drive for more.  High income earners tend to have an amazing intensity with their business.  That intensity can sometimes compete with their intensity towards Christ.
  • The I-deserve-it syndrome.
There are also unique temptations to being middle class and to being poor.

We, as Christians, ought to support and encourage those who are making millions to continue to do so as they continue to be committed to the Kingdom of God.

My life has been blessed in amazing ways by the generosity of high income earners.  When we lived in Papua New Guinea, our support came from the generous gifts of people.  Those with higher incomes were able to give more.

The Challenge: Earn More and Share in the Grace of Giving

While God is happy for you to make millions, I believe that through intentional living we all can maximize our resources for the kingdom of God.

It doesn’t matter if you make $10,000 per year or $100,000 per year.  There will always be a temptation for your lifestyle to increase as your income increases.There comes a point in time when we must discover that God has blessed us with enough.

Go for it.  Chase that business dream.  Make your millions.

But, always, always, be rich towards God.

Comments

  1. irene says

    I can think of a story of negative judgement…
    And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care
    not to violate them from my boyhood. And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him,
    You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and
    you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road
    that I walk]. At that saying the man’s countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and
    sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, With what
    difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding
    it enter the kingdom of God! And the disciples were amazed and
    bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them
    again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their
    confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of
    God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
    than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:20-25 AMP)
    we should be placing God before us in our decisions about our dreams…I have seen too many corrupt wealthy Christians. Jesus told a weathy man what he must do to be saved, unfortunately, for the wealthy man, he could not see himself poor…no trust in God…money corrupts even the most religious of men..
    Jesus also sent out the disciples: Jesus sent out these twelve, charging them, Go nowhere among
    the Gentiles and do not go into any town of the Samaritans; But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
    Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at
    hand! Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out
    demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge)
    give. Take no gold nor silver nor [even] copper money in your
    purses (belts); And do not take a provision bag or a
    wallet for a collection bag for your journey, nor two undergarments, nor sandals,
    nor a staff; for the workman deserves his support (his living, his food). (Matthew 10:5-10 AMP)

    If we are truly delivering the message of Salvation…God provides. More often, even though we see some outreach ministries we, moreover, witness lavish and excessive lifestyles of weathy Christians being maintained on the backs of the poor.
    I could be wealthy if the Lord wills it. My idea of needs for me is quite different than His. He doesnt need my money to get His work accomplished. He commands me to spread His message. He needs me to be more open to boldly go out healing, binding, casting out demons, etc., being filled and led by the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. It seems that today, the gospel message is get Jesus, get rich. Instead of receive Jesus, allow the Holy Spirit to use you as He see fit, trust God and be content in all your circumstances
    there’s more…but thanks for letting me share.
    Irene

    • says

      Irene,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to the post.

      In the Bible story of the rich man you mention it was not how much he made that was an issue it is what he did with what he had. I don’t think Jesus challenged the man because he was rich, but because his heart was attached to his riches. It’s possible to make hundreds of thousands of dollars and not be attached to that wealth.

      If the point of the story as that he made too much money the question would be -how much salary is sin?

      I agree when you say, “we should be placing God before us in our decisions about our dreams”. That’s absolutely true. I also have seen too many corrupt wealthy Christians. I’ve also seen a lot of poor Christians corrupted by money.

      If we are rich towards God I suspect he would wish for us to have those resources instead of someone who is corrupted by wealth.

  2. says

    Thank you for finally presenting the balanced view of wealth. God is okay with us having millions, someone has to fund the Kingdom, missionaries, ministries, etc. True from the comment from above, everyone can’t handle wealth, that’s why the Bible warns against it. But that does not mean that Christian should not be wealthy or be afraid to desire it. God is not afraid of our big dreams and desires.

    • says

      Samirian,

      There is a careful line to walk here.
      In the post I mentioned that God is OK with us making millions. How much I make doesn’t need to say anything about how much I have. I’d be more leery to say that God is okay with us having millions. That is a true statement if God has our hearts. Still, I think the Biblical witness is that we should be cautious (think orange light not red light or green light) about our pursuit of wealth.

      • says

        Thanks Craig for your reply. I know that you are walking close to the line on this one. :) I am talking about a person with the same heart towards God that the one without millions has. If we remove that factor, then we are having a different conversation. Having (or making millions) does not have to change your love for God and the desire to serve him. It does present a different set of traps to avoid (greed, covetous, idolatry, selfishness, etc) and responsibilities. The Bible warns and informs of both.

  3. says

    What a great post. I just want to commend the quest for biblical truth about money. Also, though I have no affiliation whatsoever with it– I wanted to post a recommendation for the book “Money, Possessions, and Eternity” by Randy Alcorn. It helped me by asking me questions, challenging me, and helping me sort out things.

    It also points out that there are twice as many bible verses relating to money, possessions, and eternity, than there are to FAITH AND PRAYER combined! Shocking statistic.

    Money must be important. I think you’ve isolated the connection up here, Craig. God is a jealous God who wants our hearts, and He doesn’t like it when our hearts aren’t wholly His. Money has a way of ensnaring people’s hearts… and giving toward the Kingdom is definitely a great prescription for helping cure that disease. As God sees healthy hearts obeying His voice (in finances and everything else), will he not pour out a blessing so great that we can’t even take it all in? (Malachi)

    Blessed by this post, thank you

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