Monday, February 14, 2011

February 14th – Proverbs 14: The Path to Poverty

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23

It is absolutely true that if you will work diligently on whatever you do, you WILL succeed! Lots of folks want a way around hard work, that’s why there is such a market for get rich quick schemes that take people (Christians) for a ride to the tune of millions every year. Sorry folks, but you will have to work hard for what you have. There is NO substitute for hard work.

But besides the obvious implications this Proverb has on finances, I think that there may be more to this principle than our bottom line.

This Proverb says that mere talk leads to poverty. This reminds me of the state of the church today. We talk and we talk about concepts, philosophies and theologies until we are blue in the face. We have conferences, we write books and we wax eloquent on the finer points of the Gospel. But many of the biggest speakers and authors have no actual experience in DOING what they talk about. This produces a profound poverty, not financially (since there is a booming market for peddling falsehood) but in experience, reality & authority.

I could find 100 leaders who will extol the virtues of evangelism for every 1 who will lead someone to the Lord. This should not be! The Gospel is about more than talk, it’s a living, breathing power to set men free! We can no longer afford to have such profound poverty. We need to be rich not only in theory and concepts but in good deeds!

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” – I Timothy 6:18


Less talkie, more dooie = WEALTH.

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