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Thursday, February 26, 2015

I Was Created to Be Productive

In review of Deuteronomy 8:18 it says, “Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

Bottom Line:
Remember is it God who gives you the power to succeed and produce wealth.

What this means to me:
I am to remember that it is God alone who gives me the power to be successful and the ability to produce wealth.

The versse in Deuteronomy 8:18 reminds me to, “Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (NIV).

God designed me to create wealth, to produce wealth; he designed me to be productive. Thus God wants me to be productive, and his plan for my will life include wealth creation; not wealth redistribution.

There are some fundamental differences between capitalism, communism, and Christianity.

Capitalism says, “What’s mine is mine, and I’m going to keep it.” Communism says, “What’s yours is mine, and I have a right to take it.” Those two are called redistribution of wealth.

However in Christianity we learn that, “What’s mine is really God’s, and I’m willing to share it.”

One of the reasons the economy has collapsed is because for many years, huge numbers of people; particularly on places like Wall Street, were making outrageous amounts of money without really creating anything. They didn’t create services. They didn’t create benefits. They didn’t create products. They didn’t create jobs. They simply made money on money.

What I’m learning is that this is not what God wants me to do. God wants me to provide benefits, services, and protection to others. He wants me to create opportunities to help others.

If somebody taxes me to help the poor, I won’t get any credit for it. But when I’m voluntarily generous and help others, it builds my character. It helps me grow. Becoming more productive and generous helps me to become more like Christ.