Wealth transfer is biblical, and it is real. That should be great news, and it is! So the question you probably have is “where’s mine?” I’d like to tell you the process of reaping your harvest. Because, according to the bible, it is a process.
First, the most quoted verse from the bible about wealth transfer is:
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22 (NIV)
On the surface, it sounds cool. Money and wealth are being tucked away by others and for others.
Here’s the bad news—just in case you thought that the money is free and doesn’t require any work on your part. No where does the verse say you don’t have to work for it. You do.
So many Christians interpret this verse and all the other passages to mean that they don’t have to do anything but wait. And “wait” is all they do. They say: “I’m righteous, so the money is being stored up for me.” And then they start to get impatient.
They want God to hurry and send them that lottery ticket. And when the money doesn’t flow in, they say things like: “It’s all in God’s time…” or “maybe God is teaching me how to be patient first.” I’m sure you heard phrases like that a million times; I have.
The problem is that they aren’t following the process of the wealth plan.
The Wealth Plan
One of the stories in the Bible that has grown on me is the Parable of the Talents from Luke 19. I remember that as a kid, I didn’t like it. The reason was that it meant we have to work; and I didn’t want to work when I was a kid. I just wanted to play. That is an attitude far too many people still have.
But as I matured, and after I started to reap the wealth that flows to a productive worker, my attitude changed. I have to be honest with you, being broke stinks. People say that money doesn’t buy permanent happiness, but I guarantee you that having no money is a lot worse. There are benefits to having money, and the primary one is that you can accomplish goals quicker.
The plan, as laid out by Jesus in the parable of the ten Minas in Luke 19, is straight forward: “Be a producer.” You have to become the guy that gets things done; especially when no one is looking.
“The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
“‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ Luke 19:16-17 (NIV)
This is where the real and significant wealth comes from – earning it by being a producer and helping others achieve their goals.
As a business owner myself in a growing company, I’m constantly experiencing the “Master’s” side of things with my own employees. Like the Master, I have things that I need to get done, so I hire people to take care of them for me. There are those that jump on my requests and get them done, and then there are those that go through the motions and pretend to do them.
And I notice what goes on. I notice everything, even though I don’t always say things. For example, I can tell who “cares” by the act of cleaning up after themselves when they finish a job. I’m constantly cleaning up after my employees. I’m the one that comes in on the weekends and scrubs the toilets of those brown stains on the upper side of the bowl. I vacuum up the crumbs from their lunch that fall on the floor…
Putting things away properly is another clue that I use to tell if the person is working to please me, or just exchanging time in order to collect a paycheck.
Little things matter. They are the difference between “did it” and “done.” If they don’t do the job completely the first time, I have to make them finish it up, have someone else do it, or do it myself.
If I have to do it myself, or if I have to assign someone else to do the job, then that first employee’s value to me is diminished.
I LOVE it when one of my other employees steps up and notices that the first employee hasn’t finished the job, and they automatically take care of the situation. I notice that stuff too (so does your employer). And it makes a big difference to me. Those are the people that I promote and give raises to. They understand what their purpose is to the company. They know that they are their to make sure my goals get accomplished. They ease the Master’s burden.
That is where the big money comes from. Helping others to achieve their goals.
“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ Luke 19:24
The wealth transfer comes later – usually much later. Here is one thing you may not have noticed before: it isn’t a lot of money. It is one-tenth as much as the first servant was given originally.
In other words, that pot-of-gold you were expecting, may not be such a big pot at all. Remember, the transfer comes from the sinner’s “wealth.” Doesn’t this explain why it is such a comparatively small sum? How much wealth would you expect a lazy slob to have produced and saved?
The Jewish Exodus from Egypt
The one example that I’ve heard people mention when talking about wealth transfer is the Jewish exodus from Egypt.
The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians. Exodus 12:35-36 (NIV)
The very fact that they had to “ASK” for the articles, should be very telling. To me, these gifts seem to be more like the departing gifts you’d give to a wayward adult-child that you want out of your life because they are giving you a lot of grief.
Is this the attitude that you want people to associate with you? “Gimme money, and I’ll go away and leave you alone.”
Or would you rather your boss say: “You did a good job on that last assignment. And by the way, I’m giving you more responsibility because you’re a guy that gets things done.”
That one-time transfer of wealth is nice, but it is nothing compared to the wealth you’ll get by being a producer for your employer. Or if you’re a business owner like I am, the wealth that you get from helping your customers achieve their goals is much greater than a one-time tax credit (which is a wealth transfer from other people). And it is much more satisfying than a wealth transfer payment, because you sleep good at night knowing that you’ve earned it. What’s more, it will continue day-after-day, as long as you keep helping others.
Wealth Transfer or Real Wealth?
To sum things up, wealth transfer is biblical. But I wanted to make you aware of a couple of things with this article. First, it does not come automatically. There is no lottery-ticket wealth from God. You have to prove you are worthy of receiving wealth by being productive for your employer.
And second, the amount of wealth transferred may not be very much because it comes from the savings of people that aren’t typically “savers.” You can get 100% of someone’s wealth, but if they saved only $10, you aren’t going to get much.
Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. Proverbs 22:29 (NIV)
True and abundant wealth comes from helping others. It is what God wants you to do. That is how you make money, God’s way.