What is our motive for amassing wealth? Why do we want to increase and multiply? The answer could be very self-centered and selfish or it could be quite godly. God wants us to “prosper and be in good health” so that we can be a blessing to others. He wants us to have enough for our needs and more than enough to be able to give lavishly.
Gathering to Give
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. Ecclesiastes 2:26 (KJV)
What could be more futile than amassing a fortune, only to leave it to someone you don’t even know? This is the “vanity and vexation of spirit” spoken of by the “Preacher” in the book of Ecclesiastes.
He was said to be the wisest natural man that ever lived. His views are worth considering especially when you consider that most people on earth are greedily accumulating all the worlds goods that they can. They never can have enough to feel secure. No wonder, in that the only real security is in the One true God and His Son, our Lord, Jesus the Christ.
If, under the Old Testament, the principle of the unjust gathering up riches for the just was in place; how much more would this principle be working for the sanctified saints of God under the New Covenant of grace?
Those who are “good in his sight” are His born-again, blood bought, sons of God in Christ. It is to them that He has promised to give “wisdom, and knowledge, and joy” as well as the benefit of the sinner’s labor.
Wisdom and knowledge make one to know that everything about God is that of giving. He so loved us He gave! God is love and love gives at its own expense for the benefit of another. Wisdom and knowledge reveals that our strength is in our joy of the Lord. We have joy when we give because our Father gave. We recognize that all we have comes from Him and are eager to return to Him what is His (the tithe) and to freely give of His blessing to further His cause.
We are blessed to be a blessing. We have received so that we can give. It all comes from Him.
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