One friend sarcastically remarked to Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) who later served as 16th President of the USA and led the nation through the civil war: “Why are you always reading books? Will knowledge bring wealth and money?” Abraham Lincoln said: “I am reading to know what I should do when I get wealth and money in abundance.” Abraham Lincoln became a great Statesman using all resources for His glory and progress of humanity.
Many wish to seek wealth, but do not seek wisdom to use the wealth right, i.e. for His glory. By studying God’s word, devotional books, and biographies of great people we learn how to wisely use our blessings, resources, and wealth.
1) Character: A person’s character is shaped by his/her ambition, desires, pursuits and priorities. Those who love wealth will be shaped by wealth, which will lead to covetousness, greed, and love for money which is the root of all evil.
2) Life purpose: By reading God’s word we discover life purpose. For many, life is vanity, for others it is boring or drudgery, for few it is painful existence, and for some mere enjoyment. The Bible teaches the reason for a person to live in this world and could contribute meaningfully for society.
3) Generosity: God’s word teaches generosity. “One gives freely yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” (Proverbs 11:24) Paul states to elders in Ephesus to work hard to help others – sacrificial generosity. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:34)
Schools, colleges, universities, and self-help-books could teach us how to earn wealth. However, the Bible will teach us wisdom to rightly use the wealth for Kingdom purposes with eternal dividends.
Do I prepare myself to optimally use God’s blessings and resources?