Get rich schemes are out there because people will do some crazy things in order to get rich. I can remember when my brother and I tried one of these many gimmicks. Supposedly, all you had to do is stuff envelopes with letters and mail them out and the money would just start flowing in. Well, that’s not exactly what happened. We signed up at the low cost of whatever the starter kit was plus one dollar. A few days later we received a big fat check for……..
Nope instead we received instructions on how this program really worked. The simplified version is that you are given a list of addresses of people interested in getting rich quick too. You send them a letter explaining how easy it is to get rich and all they have to do is send you a dollar to show you their commitment plus pay for the starter kit. So essentially it was a pyramid scheme and we didn’t get rich, but I’m sure whoever was at the top did.
Well, luckily I’ve learned my lesson. But the question I have now is why do so many people want to be rich? Are we meant to be rich? Is getting rich what you were created for?
Maybe it is…
But maybe not how you expect…
Check out what 1 Timothy 6:18 has to say –
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
So maybe this is not what you expected.
But it is what you were created for. Personally I have found that doing good deeds brings great fulfillment to my life. When I give out of generosity, pray for someone, lead a bible study or some other form of good works, there’s a satisfaction that doesn’t come from anything else. If anything, what I find is that when I’m not involved in some “good work” I feel like something is missing. And I believe the following verse tells us why.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
According to this passage of scripture, God not only made us for good works, He actually set in place the good works we are meant to do. So when we ignore or disobey these promptings and desires we are walking outside of God’s purpose for our lives. I’m not saying that being rich is a sin or that money is evil (money is neutral-it’s the love of money that is evil), instead that maybe crazy amounts of money is not the richness you really desire deep down.
So take time to look around and be intentional in doing good works. What you will find is a richness of life that no amount of money can give you, and this is not a gimmick.
Please share and comment below: How have you experienced this? Has this been your experience? What are some ways you have found to be rich in good works?