Dec
26
2013

Is Wealth a Blessing or Curse?

I hate to admit it, but I think wealth is a curse. Or, at least, it often is. Hear me out on this one, because I think you will agree with my perspective.

Chopping Wood

Wendy and I have always been on the edge of our financial well being. Though I have my MBA and a full-time ministry and business, we scrape by by the hair of our chins. Some years we even find ourselves within poverty levels, especially when adding up all our dependents.

Trust me, I very much would like to think wealth is the blessing in life. It’d make me work even harder. It would be easy for me to look at my struggling bank account, compare it to my 80-100 hour work weeks, and realize something was wrong. I’d cut my losses of the good work that I’m doing and dive into something else. For a guy like me, there are plenty of options available, and they’d most definitely bring me more wealth.

But these options aren’t what I’m called to do. I’m good at a lot of things, but they wouldn’t be me. I’d be walking the wrong walk. And that, in my book, is the cursed life.

To tell you the truth, I have seen nothing but blessings come of the lack of wealth. I may strive for wealth and grow frustrated at missing its mark, but when I’m really honest with myself, I realize the majority of my blessings would not have come about if I had easy wealth at my disposal.

Oh, sure, I’m still striving to make more money. It sure would be nice to replace my furniture and pay down the mortgage. But as for the day-to-day blessings of love, joy and peace, abundance of wealth isn’t all that necessary.

“The human perspective sees wealth as a blessing and poverty as a curse. God’s plan is much greater and uses both wealth and poverty to accomplish His will. We are to avoid the temptation to see wealth as God’s only blessing and instead be content in any and every circumstance, knowing that God’s blessings are not defined by our possessions in this world but are found in their fullness in a kingdom not of this world.”

—From GotQuestions.org

About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.