Wealth Building by Obedience

So many Christians believe that we should only be interested in the spiritual side of life in Christ.  Their thinking is that our entire focus should be on devotion to God, receiving His grace, and growing in our spiritual walk with Him.  While all of these elements of the Christian life are very valid and true, there remains a natural side of living for God as well.

Psalm 115:16 tells us, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.”  Notice that the earth has been given to us.  We are responsible for the management of planet earth, under the Lordship of Christ.  In order to properly and skillfully manage the earth, resources are required.  Answering the severe problems of this planet requires wealth building.  And, we want to build wealth in order to serve people, and release benefit to human life.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 gives us the benefits of obeying the Word of God.

1 Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lordyour God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: 3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 9 The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And theLord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Take note that all of these benefits of obedience are manifested in the natural realm.  It is God’s will to bless us, not only spiritually, but also in the natural realm.  This is why we are experiencing the current emphasis on entrepreneurs, business leaders, political leaders, and financiers.  This is why leaders like Neil Isaacs are talking to us about building shopping malls and owning gold mines.  The Lord has already told us that the gold and the silver belong to Him.  Let us believe that this gracious God who loves us so much wants to bless us richly and abundantly.  He wants to resource us so that we are empowered to manage the earth.

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