You Were Created to Be Productive - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - July 22, 2018

Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, shares daily principles to give you hope and meaning in following Christ

You Were Created to Be Productive
By Rick Warren

“Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth”(Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV).

The Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:18, “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (NIV).

Every economy, including here in America, has wealth makers and wealth takers. You have wealth producers and wealth users, wealth contributors and wealth consumers. The economy gets turned upside down when there are more consumers than there are contributors. That’s what’s happening right now in America.

Yet God designed us to create wealth, to produce wealth; he designed us to be productive people. God wants you to be productive, and his plan for your life includes wealth creation — not wealth redistribution.

Let me explain the difference between capitalism, communism, and Christianity.

Capitalism says, “What’s mine is mine, and I’m going to keep it.” Communism says, “What’s yours is mine, and I have a right to take it.” That’s called redistribution of wealth.

But Christianity says, “What’s mine is really God’s, and I’m willing to share it.”

God wants us to provide benefits, services, and protection to others. He wants us to create opportunities to help people.

When somebody taxes you to help the poor, you don’t get any credit for it. But when you are voluntarily generous and help others, that builds your character. It helps you grow. Becoming more productive and generous helps you to become more like Christ.

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How does the work you do create opportunities to help other people?

Is it easier for you to be generous with your time or with your money? Why do you think this is so?

What financial goals has your family set? What are you working toward?

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Rick Warren is an innovative pastor, renowned author, and global influencer. The various ministries Pastor Rick has created are a multi-faceted expression of his heart to bring the whole gospel to the whole world.

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