I Can Earn More. Should I?

Q. I can make 2-3 times the money I’m making, but feel like I’m not supposed to be thinking of money or work, but just preparing for the rapture. I have serious health issues, but through God’s grace I get by, having the bare bone basics of food, rent, and shelter. When God said he wanted us to have an abundant life did he mean spiritually or materially?

A. I believe the Lord’s claim that He came so we could have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10) should be taken to include both the physical and spiritual realms of our life. Paul removed all doubt about this when he wrote, “You will be made rich in every way so you can be generous on every occasion” (2 Cor. 9:11). He also said that those who won’t work should not be supported by others (2 Thes. 3:10). Therefore I don’t see any Biblical support for declining work when we have the ability to work and work is available.

For most of us work is the source of money. Money gives us the ability to be generous (2 Cor. 9:11), and generosity is the key to an abundant life (Luke 6:38-39). As a bonus, we’ll be storing up treasure in Heaven as well (Matt. 6:19-21) which is the absolute best way to prepare for the rapture.

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