When did Christians decide that they don't deserve financial success? Not just “getting through life" but really wonderful, incredible “large bank account" success? I'm not sure exactly where the idea came from. Yes, I know the most famous Bible verses about money being the root of all evil and it's harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man going to heaven, but quite honestly, I believe those were taken out of context. It's the “LOVE of money" and the “Eye of the Needle" is actually the name of a gate into a city.
Now, let's talk about why I believe it's important for Christians to be diligent in creating financial wealth.
- Paying the Price. I live in a very rural area and belong to a church that averages 15-20 people a week. Our part-time pastor is leaving soon and we just can't locate someone who is willing to pastor our church for the amount we can afford to pay. One of my business goals is to be able to afford to pay a full-time pastor's salary.
- How often do you hear of a need in your church, neighborhood, from your friends or family and wish you could break out your checkbook and write out a check? It often happens to me and one of the greatest joys I receive is being able to help people who really need it.
- Tithes and offerings. The Bible is very clear on tithing. Why is that? Does God need our money? Really, when it comes right down to it, no. But as Christians we NEED to give the money to be able to assist others physically and spiritually. I don't mind sharing that one of my goals is to be able to reverse the tithe. In other words, tithe 90% of my income and live comfortably on 10%. r
Tery Robertson is an Internet Marketer/Online Network Marketing Coach who spent many years in Fortune 500 corporate environments and now enjoys the personal and financial freedom of creating her own online businesses. She consults and mentors other entrepreneurs who are interested in creating their own 6 figure plus incomes. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.nourishinglife.com