Richly Blessed

God does want to bless you in every possible way. This includes not just the saving of your soul (although that is of paramount importance), it also means giving you good health and good success. That includes good success in business.

For some, it will be shocking, even scandalous, to hear that God wants to richly bless you in business, but this is exactly what he promised Abraham. Remember that he said to Abraham, “I will bless you”. The question worth asking though is why did God want to bless Abraham? The answer is supplied in that same verse of scripture. God said clearly, “You shall be a blessing”.

God wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing.

And yes, this even applies to modern-day Christians. The Apostle Paul tells us we are the “seed of Abraham” and “heirs according to the promise”.

This can be a dangerous position if we don't have a proper relationship to money and success. As long as we know in our heart that money is not our God, and that the purpose of our success is not to create our own self worth, we will be safe. We will be safe for success in a way that is pleasing to Jesus.

When we are truly safe for success, God will bless us richly. He promises it in His word, and His word says, “he who promised is faithful”.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • Yes – I believe the key is our proper relationship with Christ and our clear understanding of who is the source of our blessing and what is it’s purpose.

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  • Mike,

    I appreciate your concern and your gentle but firm testing of my motivation and premise.

    The Bible makes it clear that Abraham’s blessing included material blessing and wealth (land and cattle) so that he might bless others.

    It’s this last, Mike, that I believe will fail to “tickle the ears” of the “IM make money crowd”. In the past, many have preached the gospel as a way of gain, and that is abuse and is a different gospel. But what I am clearly saying is that FOR THOSE WHO GOD HAS GIFTED AND CALLED specifically to business… those people should EXCEL in businesses ( doing business “as unto the Lord”) and they should then faithfully steward the wealth they receive and use it to serve the Kingdom.

    I hardly think that message is going to be what the world’s people want to hear.

    My primary mission is to minister to God’s people who are in the dark places, and to help them do what Jesus commanded us to do – to be salt and light and to make disciples. And to show the world’s people that there is a better, more joyous way of fulfilling the call and the giftings of God.

    As for Jesus and Paul – of COURSE they did not teach the “info marketing business”! Neither did they teach that we should sell cars, be real estate agents, run daycare centers, operate fast food restaurants, or do any of the things most of us do to produce incomes.

    But thank God a good Christian man founded Chick Fil A to show the way of Christ in an industry devoid of such light (in large part).

    I’m not saying people SHOULD be in the IM business. But to this who are, don’t we want them to know and live the truth?

    Thanks again for drawing me out to clarify EXACTLY what I am saying.

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  • Yes, Jesus did say those things. And it is important for us to listen to everything He said – not just a few things that support one view. Right after that woe, he also pronounced woe on those who are full and those who laugh. Do we think for a minute that it’s His will to have us starve and be depressed? By no means!

    What seems to be true is that Jesus is pointing out the dangers of putting our trust in money, in entertainment, and in a full stomach, instead of in God.

    Paul speaks against SEEKING to be rich, and he ALSO says he has learned to be content whether he has much (which he did at times thanks to the genrosity of well-to-do business people in the early church) or whether he has little (which was more often the case for Paul).

    What is also clear is that the real question is not having or making a certain amount of money, but rather the position of our heart toward riches. There IS, I believe, a place for those who are called to bring wealth into the Kingdom. Can we agree that those people – entrepreneurs – also receive he grace of the Lord Jesus Christ? Who do we, in the church, suppose will give money to pay our pastors, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and give homes to orphans and widows? Certainly none of us would propose that some people make money and be damned to Hell so that they could give to the work of the ministry!

    Paul, in 1 Timothy 6:17-19, states the mandate for those who have temporary control of riches in this life: “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

  • Utheboss3

    Hi Ray,
    I am NOT sure how I got on your mailing list, but BOY am I glad I did!

    I am a CHRISTIAN Entrepreneur and I KNOW God wants to (and HAS) blessed me to be a BLESSING!

    I also appreciate your patience with “religious” people that somehow think it is “holy” to be poor. That is an
    Eastern mystisism idea. As you correctly pointed out, in the BIBLE-especially the Old Testament-material
    riches was a sign of Gods blessing(Abraham, Job-yes he was RICH, David, King Solomon, etc.)

    In the New Testament(a Better covenant) Jesus shows us the futility of TRUSTING in riches. He also shows the futilty of Trusting in the LAW-no MAN can be perfect under the LAW(of Moses.) We are FREE from
    sin due to the shedding of the Blood of JESUS!

    So the GRACE of God let’s us be free from Sin. And the Blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and he adds NO sorrow to it! Proverbs 10:22. Jesus made me FREE from sin, and the Blessing of Abraham is mine in
    Christ. Wow!

    God is good-and THANK YOU Ray for helping bring out this truth!

    • I am glad you’re here – and thank you for the kind words!