I ask myself and others that question often. There is only so much stuff a person can get. None of it makes you happy. Now don’t get me wrong. I would rather have the problems that come with too much money than the problems of poverty.
Several years ago I ran across a quote that has been a breath of fresh air when it comes to money. As I began to read it, I thought it would express a negative sentiment. After all, many people view money as evil. Here is the quote:
“The desire to accumulate wealth is an original affection of our nature, implanted there by our heavenly Father for noble ends.” Ellen G. White
Let’s break this down. She says, “the desire….” but we tend to look at people who long for more money as greedy. Truly greed can be someone’s motivation, but is greed the only motivation? It is not. Many have altruistic hearts that long to better the lives of others. Don’t you desire to have more money to help others? Therefore there is nothing wrong to desire more money. What we have to check is the motivation.
The quote goes onto say that this desire for money is “an original affection of our nature.” You are born with it. Now there are many desires we are born with that aren’t good. Some even treat any desire involving money as a bad thing. But if that was the case how could we fulfill the following two Bible verses?
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” (Proverbs 13:22)
These are pretty self explanatory aren’t they? You have to have the desire to provide for your family and build wealth that will change your family tree.
Back to our original quote. She says that this original affection has been planted in our nature by our heavenly Father for noble ends. That is the key. Our desires for more money should be for pursuit of noble ends. But what are noble ends? Religious folk sometimes butcher this. Remember, God never asked for all our money. He tells us to return a faithful tithe and offering, but not to give all our money to the church. We are to dedicate all our lives to Him, but that doesn’t mean we need not take care of our families.
Noble ends can mean a much needed vacation, a home in a better neighborhood, and proper attire for you and your family. As mentioned in the 1 Timothy verse, those things are also included in providing for your family.
However, noble ends can also mean raising money for a school in need. It can be funding an evangelistic series. It can mean donating to a special project or a family in need. Let God lead you to use your money in a noble way. The possibilities are endless. So ask yourself the question. Why do you want more money?
If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask here. Take charge of your money!
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P.S. Day 300—please pray for the $7.2 million goal for 2020.