26 Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!
Proverbs 21:26 (NLT)
This verse tells us the difference between the godly and the greedy people. Both groups of people have their own similarities and differences. The greatest similarity between the godly and the greedy people is both groups want to have more and more riches. No matter how much riches they have obtained, the godly and the greedy want more. This is where the similarities end.
The godly people want more riches because we have compassion for the poor and the suffering people in the world. We have sufficient intelligence to realize that we can never give what we don’t have. The poor cannot help the poor. It takes the rich to help the poor. The desire to help others motivates us to gain as much riches as we can. No matter how much money we have right now, we need more because we want to help more people.
This is why, we the godly, view getting rich as a responsibility for anyone who is serious on wanting to glorify God. In contrast, religious people’s idea on glorifying God is nothing more than putting up some acts and obeying some church rituals. In their mind, asking God for riches is the opposite of glorifying God despite the truth that Jesus died poor at the Cross for us to live rich. This is why, only believing in Jesus can set us free, not religion. Allowing ourselves to be oppressed under the bondage of religion can never please nor glorify God.
“How much riches should I ask from God?”
It depends entirely on how much compassion you have for the poor. The more compassion you have, the more resources you will want to give to them. You will need more money to finance all your giving. The more you give, the more glory God gets. So, if you are really committed to give God as much glory as you can, then ask God for riches as much as you can.
Let us move to the greedy people. While they have they desire to have more and more riches (which by itself is nothing wrong), they stop short of giving away their riches to help others. They are like the Dead Sea. Do you know why the Dead Sea is named as such? It has inlet but no outlet for its water. So as its water evaporates, it leaves behind the salt contents. As time went by, the salt content kept increasing until the entire lake become hostile to most life-forms, thus the name “Dead”.
Likewise, if we are only interested in accumulating wealth and don’t give away, we will eventually end up like the Dead Sea. Our accumulated wealth will choke us. It will not only stop the future flow of riches into our lives, it can potentially choke other areas as well. So, it is dangerous to be greedy.
In conclusion, if you want to bring glory to God, ask him for as much riches as you can and use them to help others. In doing so, you will be creating a virtuous cycle of prosperity in your life.