Several years ago USA TODAY featured a Snapshot of America chart. It was a “survey of 457 adults with more than $3 million in investable assets.” They were asked to complete the statement:
“MY WEALTH IS A PRODUCT OF … ” Here were their answers:
50% said INTELLECT
45% said PERSONAL VALUES
35% said LUCK
30% said PASSION ABOUT MY WORK
14% said OVERWHELMING DESIRE NOT TO BE POOR
What would you say if you were asked to complete that same statement? “MY WEALTH IS A PRODUCT OF … ”
Here are some of the most common mistakes a lot of people make when it comes to their wealth:
They believe whatever wealth they have is the product of their own hands and their own efforts. Mistake.
They believe it all belongs to them and what they do with it is their business. Mistake.
They believe they can come up with their own plan that will be just as good as or better than God’s. Big mistake.
They believe they can ignore what God says to do, yet still enjoy His blessing. Biggest mistake.
What does the Bible say?
The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).
The Bible also says, “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is HE Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
David wrote these encouraging words in the Psalms, “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25). God takes care of His children.
Some people believe they can come up with their own plan that will be just as good as or better than God’s.
So … “HOW’D YA’ GET WHATCHA’ GOT?” The correct answer would be … “MY WEALTH IS A PRODUCT OF … the blessing of God.” It’s His hands, not ours. Paul told Timothy, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).
Enjoy the blessings of God. Just don’t ever forget where they come from.
© 2018. Barry L. Cameron
[USA TODAY, June 7, 2011]
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.