There are worldly philosophies that suggests that hard work leads to success and generates wealth. While it is important to work to the best of our abilities and to be industrious, hard work is not synonymous with wealth. This idea is a human fallacy which can lure you into the trap of burn out and lifestyle diseases. If that was the case then people who put in hard manual labour would be wealthy. In fact many of the world’s poorest populations include people who work long and arduous hours and earn meagre wages.
How then do we attain financial freedom and overall success? We remember that it is God who gives us the ability to gain wealth. “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:18) When we work with this mindset, we do our best and allow God to do the rest. We learn and understand biblical principals of success such as sowing and reaping.
“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”” (Luke 6:38) Sometimes if we are in debt or things are tight financially, we can be tempted to tighten our belt. We can become stingy and worry about giving from the little that we have because we worry that there won’t be enough left for us. God is not unjust to overlook your labour of love and will bless you when you have the faith to be a blessing to others.
Trust God with your finances; study the bible to understand what God prescribes as principles for success and work to the best of your ability but don’t over extend yourself with the view that this will cause you to gain wealth. “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)