Dr. Donald Reid, author of Christian finance books
Dr. Donald Reid

Theology of Abundance Excerpt

Chapter 1

What is the Theology of Abundance?

The Theology of Abundance is a study of the measurement of time and money, from both Theological and Spiritual perspectives, as opposed to that of an exclusively secular /material point of view.

Let us lay the foundation for our discussions with the statement that, in this universe, material abundance is temporary, however, spiritual abundance is permanent.

Secular/material abundance ends when we have concluded our journey on planet earth, and for that reason it is purely temporary.

Spiritual abundance, on the other hand, begins in this world and is carried forward into the next life (eternity) and as a consequence it is considered permanent.

The Theology of Abundance requires us to reserve a significant portion of our daily time to commune and be in communication with the Almighty God, through prayer and thanksgiving.

“The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to Profit.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)

The blessings or Spiritual Profit from the preceding Holy Communion results in significant rewards.

In addition, Jesus admonished us to Pray always, which results in abundance being accrued to our Spiritual Account.

“We Pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.”
(2 Thessalonians 1:11)

It is imperative that we take our Spiritual Balance Sheets or Profit and Loss Statements of Life very seriously to ensure that goods accrue to the Lord’s account Abundantly.

“The children of Israel brought in abundance . . . corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in Abundantly.”
(2 Chronicles 31:5)

Furthermore, the Theology of Abundance requires us to create time budgets, wherein we allocate at least ten percent (10%) of our time as a time tithe to Our Lord, because God requires a “tithe of all things” (2 Chronicles 31:5) and not just some things.

“Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is Profit to them that see the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 7:11)

When we conform to the guidelines of Spiritual accounting as set forth in the Holy Bible, the Profit is that we will enjoy an abundance of blessings in this life-time whilst avoiding costly and embarrassing material errors.

Most secular accounting systems are built upon the concept of the maximization of profit, by any means necessary, without any regards to the Principles of Divinity.

Accordingly, the foregoing constitutes the precise reasons why world economies are in a never-ending revolving door cycle of—recessions—depressions—recoveries—more commonly referred to as economic volatility.

“Wisdom and knowledge shall be the Stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.” (Isaiah 33:6)

Reason: Without God we may never experience true and lasting Economic Stability in this world; and that is precisely why the application of the principles of Spiritual Abundance is so critical to our global survival.

Accordingly, Spiritual Accounting is not just about the mathematics of fiscal gains and losses, but most of all it concerns the impact on all facets of human life, example: the physical, mental, ecological, and the like.

Thus, Accounting (spiritual or secular) cannot be measured just in terms of an individual or an organization’s profit or loss statements.

Human life, the ecological well-being of the planet, and most of all the elimination of global poverty must be tabulated into the accounting equation, in order to preserve the existence of civilization, to avoid human beings becoming an endangered species.

Secular Accountants are involved in the business of auditing the physical books and records of individuals and organizations, that is to say, the outer man.

“According to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the Inner Man.” (Ephesians 3:16)

However, Spiritual Accountants and Spiritual Economists are primarily engaged in the nurturing and strengthening of the Inner Man.

“I will shew thee that which is noted in the Scripture of truth.” (Daniel 10:21)

It is also a blessing to know that all the tools we need to perform an “audit” of the inner (spiritual) man are contained in Holy Scripture—the Word of God.

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