True Wealth

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The Parable of the Rich Fool, Rembrandt, 1627.

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Money is a powerful force. We work for it, save it, spend it, use it to satisfy our earthly longings and then wish we had more. I believe Jesus was aware of its distracting danger as He taught more about money than any other topic. As far as I know, He never took an offering for Himself. I think it’s clear that He didn’t teach about giving to fill His own pockets. Instead, Jesus warned us that trusting in wealth and using it to gain power clogs our spiritual arteries more readily than most other impediments to spiritual development. In telling the story of the “rich fool” (Luke 12:13-21), He shamed His listeners for not being rich toward God, indicating that God has a far different definition of wealth than most of us.


So what does it mean to be rich towards God? Paul tells us that those who are rich should not be conceited about their wealth, “nor to trust in uncertain riches” (1 Tim. 6:17). Rather, we are to “be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share” (v. 18).


I think that’s interesting! God measures wealth by the quality of our lives and our generous disbursement of wealth to bless others. That’s not exactly Wall Street insider talk, but great advice for those of us who think that our security and reputation are tied up in the size of our bank account.


Are you using your business to build “true wealth”? Is your business “rich in good works, ready to give and willing to share”? Focusing your business on building true wealth is an essential part of business prosperity. If you would like to learn more about how you can transform you business using the Bible as your guide, email me at

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