Does God Wants you to be Rich or Poor? Both.
I believe God wants you to be rich on earth in a temporal and spiritual way, but to remain poor in spirit. Poor in spirit is to stay humble by continuing to praise the God that blessed you and to have the instinct to give to those less fortunate. Let me share with you why I believe that. I could explain my favorite two scriptures that would truly show you our true human nature behind the curtain of riches.
When I was younger and in the Catholic Church, I truly admired one of the saints by the name of St. Francis of Assisi. He was the son of a very wealthy merchant and at a young age came to the realization that he wanted to take Christ’s words literally. He adopted the life of Christ by become dirt poor, an alms seeker, and truly cared for those who were impoverished and sick. The Prophet who restored the Church of God in these days had these words for those that believed too much and took something scripture verses into their own context but still had good intentions.
I believe all that God ever revealed, and I never hear of a man being damned for believing too much; but they are damned for unbelief.
-Joseph Smith Jr.
Could St. Francis be called a radical? He most definitely shifted his life into a new course where he took some verses of the Bible and created a lifestyle out of it. I could see where we can conclude that the Savior had a mission to come and save souls, not to earn wealth as a Son of God. However, if St. Francis made the choice to becoming poor to serve the needy, could he be damned for taking Jesus out of context if he was still doing good for humanity? I personally think not! If anything, I truly believe that he was blessed for all the service he provided. This was my first glimpse into a loaded question. Does God want us to be Rich? For those who have read the Book of Mormon; I have found some great scriptures on why you should be rich. However, Jesus Christ has said before that “being rich” is having eternal life. I am familiar with the Bible and the many verses that talk about riches, but their is such clarity that derives from the Book of Mormon .At the age of 25, I was asking my mother if I could be a Franciscan. I was asking if it was possible that I could take the “oath of poverty” so that I could get closer God. I was willing to sacrifice everything so that I could attain something that everyone in the world wants. Peace.
Have you ever seen the movie “The Secret”. My friend advised me to read a book where that whole movie was inspired from. The book was called ” THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH” by Wallace D. Wattles. He shares why even preachers should look into becoming wealthy.
In the field of religion, the world cries out for the clergyman who can teach his hearers the true science of abundant life. He who masters the details of the science of getting rich, together with the allied sciences of being well, of being great, and of winning love, and who teaches these details from the pulpit, will never lack for a congregation. This is the gospel that the world needs; it will give increase of life, and men will hear it gladly, and will give liberal support to the man who brings it to them.
What is now needed is a demonstration of the science of life from the pulpit. We want preachers who can not only tell us how, but who in their own persons will show us how. We need the preacher who will himself be rich, healthy, great, and beloved, to teach us how to attain to these things; and when he comes he will find a numerous and loyal following.
– Wallace D. Wattles; Chapter 15; The Advancing Man
I have never heard that a rich wealthy preacher could affect more people! Ever since St. Francis gave me such a great example of how you can serve even though your poor; the idea of being rich and being a man of the cloth sounded like a paradox. Imagine if you had a jet and you can travel the world sharing the Gospel. You would be able to touch more lives. You can also teach them how to become prosperous Christians and to repeat the same kind act you are doing for them.
FIRST SCRIPTURE OF WEALTH : GOD’S REASONING WHY BECOMING WEALTHY COULD HELP HIS CAUSE
I wanted to find the most direct scripture I can find on wealth. No Scripture in the world can touch this scripture I am about to reveal. If everyone can read these scriptures before we seek for wealth; this world would be VASTLY DIFFERENT. One of the main reasons why I love the Book of Mormon is that it has become the “WHY” book. The Bible has a ton of “HOWS” and the Book of Mormon has taken logic by storm by revealing the “WHY” behind God’s actions. For Example; Genesis talks about how the earth was created. In the Book of Mormon, it talks about why it was created. When we learn WHY God does things; we tend to appreciate it more and our spirits can feel full. Similar to when we are children ask our parents why they do the things that they do. As Adults; we forget that sometimes your reasoning is all they needed to hear to become obedient. The same goes with our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
THE Wealth Scripture:
19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.
– Jacob 2:17-19; Book of Mormon
These scriptures lay out the priority that God would like us to have. Don’t become rich yet until you seek the Kingdom of God. His Church is here on this earth and we must find it before we start digging for gold. Once we find his church; seeking wealth is commendable only when you have the intention and action to serve those who have less. Andrew Carnegie; one of the wealthiest men in the world, would concur in assisting those who have none. When Andrew Carnegie died, they discovered a sheet of paper upon which he had written one of the major goals of his life: to spend the first half of his life accumulating money and to spend the last half of his life giving it all away. If he found the Kingdom of God before seeking riches; he would have obeyed what this Prophet was exhorting to the people of his time and our time.
Last Scripture of Wealth: The History of Human Tendencies When We Acquire Wealth
In the Liahona, I read this message from a member of the church.
The scriptures often warn of the dangers of wealth. Many people have misinterpreted this to mean wealth is bad, in and of itself, and that all rich people will be denied an opportunity to dwell with God. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Job had great riches, but they were also faithful and upright.
José Ariel Espinola Olmedo, Fernando de la Mora Ward, Fernando de la Mora Paraguay Stake
This Scripture teaches us the tendency of what happens when we become rich after Christ blesses us. As I have read the Book of Mormon dozens of times, all you see is a civilization grow and prosper to only take a fall due to pride within the city walls. This “prosperity and demise story” happens multiple times and the fall always happens when they start looking at people differently. We tend to laugh and mock at the less fortunate and ignore those who are not equal with us. My mentor Chris Hughes would say ” Money is a magnifying glass. If your a bad person, it will make you worse of a person. If your a good person and become rich, then you will be a better person.” This scripture or something close to it would repeat itself throughout the book and you can’t help but feel bad for these people who were close to Christ and lost it all.
23 And now I, Mormon, would that ye should know that the people had multiplied, insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the land, and that they had become exceedingly rich, because of their prosperity in Christ.
24 And now, in this two hundred and first year there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world.
25 And from that time forth they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them.
26 And they began to be divided into classes; and they began to build up churches unto themselves to get gain, and began to deny the true church of Christ.
27 And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away there were many churches in the land; yea, there were many churches which professed to know the Christ, and yet they did deny the more parts of his gospel, insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness, and did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom it had been forbidden because of unworthiness.
28 And this church did multiply exceedingly because of iniquity, and because of the power of Satan who did get hold upon their hearts.
4 Nephi 1:23-28; Book Of Mormon
History Repeats Itself.
Find Christ/ Get Wealthy/ Forget Him. (REPEAT)
For over 6,000 years this has been the pattern; the Lord requests that we break this pattern.
One of the best ways to help those in need is to pray for the Lord’s guidance. The Spirit can guide us to those in need of our help.
If we use wealth to bless those in need, we show the Lord that our hearts are right and He can trust us. If, on the other hand, we hoard wealth or use it for selfish purposes, we are as the wicked servant who hid his talent in the earth, and the Lord will likewise condemn us (see Matt. 25:14–30).
So does God want us to be rich or poor? He wants us to be Rich, but not at the expense of our souls or forgetting who gave you the riches in the first place. Technically, God made everything. Everything is truly from Him, but we have been asked to manage wealth and never truly be owners of it. If we manage it right with the advice of looking over all our less fortunate brethren, we can truly be rich in this life and the next.