Poverty Is Not Godly
This blog excerpt is based on a recent Charis Minute with Andrew Wommack entitled, “We’ll Keep Him Poor."
If poverty were godly, then the homeless people living on the streets would be the godliest people on the face of the earth.
And that’s just not true. God doesn't want you poor. He died to make you rich! (2 Cor. 8:9)
The driveway at our house is really, really steep. When we moved in, I wondered how we were going to survive the first winter. I didn’t know how we were going to get up and down the driveway. Not a car that we had would get up that hill.
That was back in 1988, and that same year, a man bought me a brand new Suburban. And, I mean, it had everything! That car cost $60,000 back then, and he just gave it to us! I would use this Suburban to go get hay and oats and different things, and it never had a problem pulling that hill.
People would see me driving that car, and they would ask, "What do you do for a living?"
I would say, "I'm a minister."
They would look at me, and you could almost ‘see’ this thought going through their heads: Preachers aren't supposed to have that nice a car. That's an attitude a lot of people have.
But you know what? God died to make you rich, but it isn’t just so you can have a lot of “stuff.” God makes you rich, so you can be a blessing. We’ve had a lot of money flow through our hands, but it's not our money. We use it for the gospel.
God has given us all the power to get wealth to establish His covenant in the earth (Deut. 8:18). So never let anyone tell you that being poor is godly!