Being wealthy isn’t about the accumulation of money. Wealth is more than riches. Wealth is more about a mindset. Wealth is about understanding who God is and who you are in relation to Him.
I recently read these definitions of wealth in Kris Vallotton’s book, ‘Poverty, Riches, and Wealth’ – a book on moving from a life of lack into true kingdom abundance. I think they are fantastic descriptions of wealth:
• Wealth is the ability (resources, strength, wisdom) to create positive outcomes in the midst of lack, poverty and/or emptiness.
• Wealth is light in the darkness, healing in sickness, prosperity in poverty, wholeness in brokenness, favour in obscurity, love for the unlovely, beauty for ashes, and victors among victims.
• Wealth is a “can-do” attitude, a “more than enough” mindset and a “nothing is impossible” belief system.
• Wealth is radical generosity, extraordinary compassion, sacrificial giving and profound humility.
• Wealth is always thankful and never jealous.
It’s very difficult to operate in these above points (in wealth), if you don’t understand your God. When you have a revelation that your God is creator of all things, supplier of all things, a God of not “just enough”, but more than enough, a miraculous provider, and loving and generous beyond our comprehension, then you start to live differently.
You suddenly see poverty and lack as an opportunity for God to break through and display His true nature.
You become aware of things that aren’t God’s design for mankind and you command order – pray for healing, desire beauty for ashes, victory for victims.
Instead of feeling like a situation is impossible and nothing can be done, you have faith that God “can do”.
You don’t worry about running out. You are able to live open handed and give big because you’re a direct heir to God’s unlimited resources (this includes, but is not limited to money – it’s also access to unlimited wisdom, gifts, peace etc).
You are able to celebrate others wholeheartedly because you understand that God has more than enough for you too.
You don’t need to boast or draw attention to what you have because you have nothing to prove to people. You are very sure of who you already are in God.
If you’ve grown up around lack and poverty, it requires a fresh revelation of God’s nature to really shift your mindset around wealth. It’s very difficult to live in an ‘abundance mindset’ if most of your life was surrounded by “not enough”, stress about money, grabbing what you could, fear of tomorrow, parents with negative attitudes towards people with wealth, or perhaps a religious mindset that poverty somehow made you more holy. These experiences can breed deeply ingrained mentalities. It creates people who are afraid to receive good things, people who live for money, people who are afraid of being too generous, or people who give “just enough”, people who are comfortable living in lack, looking for what they can grab, not what they can give.
If you want to stay there, you can, but God has so much for you! A wealth mindset will change your life and generations to follow. Don’t live like a pauper when you’re actually a prince. Understand the wealth you have access to as a child of God. It’s time to live in abundance and it starts with the knowledge of who God really is!
A daily devotion for a better way of living.