I remember my first pay cheque was $283. I was rich! That money remained in my account for weeks. After working a few months and becoming accustomed to having money, suddenly my spending increased to match what I was earning. I was no longer rich. I was broke. As my income grew, so did my desire for more. When my income leveled off, my desire for more exceeded my income and the bank gladly gave me a pay raise by way of credit and loans. I was in debt and quickly headed for trouble. Thankfully the pain became so great, that I had no option but to trust there had to be a better way.
One of the greatest lies we can tell ourselves about money is, “If only I had more I would…
Pay off my debt
Give to the church
Save for my future
Own my own home"
Culture sells us out to believe we need more; more money, more clothing, more house, more toys, more vacations and everything else that positions us to still want more, no matter how much we already have. The state of wanting more creates a gap between what we have and what we don’t have. As we focus on this gap, we start to see all that we lack, rather than being truly satisfied and grateful for everything we have.
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
When we trust in worldly riches, we experience pain and uncertainty. There will always be booming economies, as well as those that crash. Our investments will always increase during strong times, and decrease during tough times. It’s simply a natural part of economic cycles. We become rich when we trust in God alone to richly provide us everything we need.
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
1 Timothy 6:17 (NLT)
Being rich is not so much about what we earn as it is about what we do with what we earn. We’re all born into a selfish nature. It’s no surprise that many toddlers first words are, “mine“. “Mine” is a poor mindset. It’s trusting in one’s own ability to get rich, more than we trust God. God asks us instead to be generous with our finances and promises to reward us when we do so.
But I will say this to encourage your generosity: the one who plants little harvests little, and the one who plants plenty harvests plenty. Giving grows out of the heart—otherwise, you’ve reluctantly grumbled “yes” because you felt you had to or because you couldn’t say “no,” but this isn’t the way God wants it. For we know that “God loves a cheerful giver.” God is ready to overwhelm you with more blessings than you could ever imagine so that you’ll always be taken care of in every way and you’ll have more than enough to share
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (VOICE)
A rich mindset gives generously even when the earnings are small. A rich mindset entrusts their income to the One who will honor it by giving back more than you could’ve ever dreamed possible.