Wesley’s Wisdom on Wealth

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise. Which, having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”

— Proverbs 6:6-8

John Wesley had a saying: You should make all the money you can, save all the money you can, and give all the money you can.

As a Christian leader, Wesley was referring to making money in ways that please God. Any money-making venture that steals from others displeases the Lord. We do well to earn as much as we can, especially during our productive years. The Scriptures also encourage us to save for a rainy day. We cannot presume upon tomorrow.

As to giving all we can, I must say that my ministry has been significantly blessed by some productive, wealthy Christians who invested in the kingdom.

It is certainly a fact that there are those who have been extraordinarily industrious and creative in the making of wealth and the building of businesses and great enterprises, and God has blessed them abundantly. God has used such men as this in an incredible way in the work of the kingdom of God.

We need to see money in its proper perspective. I think when we see money for what it is, simply an opportunity to do good for the kingdom of God, then we can see it in an entirely different perspective. May God grant each one of us such diligence in the affairs of this life that we may be able to do just that.

Make all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.

Lord, give me strength for today to do my part in bringing in income, to save for a rainy day, and to generously bless those around me in need. Thank You for all the opportunities You provide for us, even in unexpected ways…