I have bought a lottery ticket from time to time. I don’t even think it’s always wrong if you are responsible and faithful in your giving to God (for more on that, please read OKAY, I’LL ‘TAKE A CHANCE’ ON DISCUSSING…IS ALL GAMBLING SIN? ), but that’s not what this post is about.
Like most people, I would enjoy unlimited financial resources. And, it’s not unGodly to be financially established as long as it wasn’t gained in an unGodly manner. Even more so, I want anything that I do well, especially well enough to bless my bless my family financially, to bring honor and glory to His name…and not shame.
God even shows us through the Psalmist that He encourages us to ask Him to bless us with prosperity…
Psalm 118:25 (NKJV)
25 Save now, I pray, O Lord;
O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.
But, notice that the Psalmist asks that the LORD send that prosperity. Can the LORD bless someone through the chance of the lottery. Well, God can do anything He chooses. However, there many in the Body of Christ, as well as those who aren’t, who are convinced that He wouldn’t.
God told us through the Apostle Paul that even though some things aren’t necessarily wrong, there are some situations when they’re wrong for us…
1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV)
23 All things are lawful for me,[a] but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me,[b] but not all things edify.
He also let’s us know that we should be careful of our freedoms that can ‘offend’ someone weaker in the faith.
1 Corinthians 8:9-13 (NKJV)
9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
All that being said, that’s why the more I think about it, the more I don’t want to win BIG in the lottery.
I don’t want anything to steal God’s glory for what happens in my life.
If I’m blessed financially, I want it to be through the gifts He has placed inside me, and through what He releases from me…and I want Him to receive the glory.
God said let those who share the Gospel live of the Gospel. This isn’t a guarantee of riches, but it’s not a curse of poverty either…
13 Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? 14 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
I have more confidence in the seeds I’ve sown the word and song than some lucky numbers that would steal God’s glory.
If I were to win millions in the lottery, it’s possible that too many would focus on where my money came from rather than my ministry.
If I were to win millions in the lottery, it could weaken the effectiveness of BEBLESSTIFIED.COM, every lesson, every sermon, every song I’ve written…it could weaken my ministry.
And, that’s simply not worth it.