How to Grow God’s Money (God’s Way)

The apostle Paul once said,

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

Does this mean that we will no longer be interested in growing God’s money? Of course not. It does mean, however, that when we talk about money we should talk about it from the point of view of contentment, or learning to live within God’s provisions. We must not be greedy, wanting to get rich as an end in itself. But, at the same time, we are to be good stewards of God’s money, learning to take care of it and manage it, as God intended for us to do so. In the parable of the talents, where God is illustrated as a Master who entrusts His money to His servants, Jesus said,

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:22-23)

To the one who did nothing with what his master (God) has entrusted to him, Jesus said,

‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. (verse 26-27)

In other words, God expects us to be good stewards of God’s money, or any other resource (including life itself), that He entrusts to us, whether tangible or intangible. The apostle Paul tells us that “…God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)