“I’ve got an opportunity to own your own business for a very small investment and just a little bit of your time!”

Doesn’t that sound great?  C’mon!  Who wouldn’t jump at that opportunity?  Put in a very small amount of money and just a little bit of time.  When the dust settles—poof!—you’re a business owner and making a lot of money every month.

Just imagine what you could do with that extra money?  You could live the life you’ve always wanted!  You’d could even be free from the grind of the “9 to 5.” 

You’d be foolish not to take advantage of this…just like me and some of my friends.

Whether or not these business strategies are effective is another issue, but the attitude this approach appeals to should cause us to pause.

Have you heard that invitation to a multi-level marketing business?

Proverbs 12:11 teaches us this jewel of wisdom:

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.  

Proverbs 12:11
New International Version

Again, I’m not telling you to get into these businesses or not.  But we have to stop long enough to consider if we would be doing these businesses—or any business—for the right reasons.

Scripture calls us senseless if we chase get-rich-quick fantasies.

For far too many people, gambling is an attempt to get rich.  Do people win big?  Yes.  Is that likely to be you?  No. 

I’ve known people who invested every penny they have into a venture only to lose it all.  Their hope was a big bankroll.  What they received was nearly bankruptcy.

Don’t get me wrong: Proverbs 12:11 is not talking about risk.  It’s talking about our attitude towards money.

If we pursue shortcuts to financial strength, we’ll be disappointed or wrecked.

On the other hand, “those who work their land will have abundant food…” (Proverbs 12:11a).  In other words, as financial experts tell us, the greatest wealth building tool you have is your current income.  What we do with what we have is “working our land.” 

There’s a simple formula to gaining wealth: spend less than you make and invest the difference for a long period of time.  Easy?  Nope.  That’s why we’re attracted to get-rich-quick methods.  We want it NOW.

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Scripture isn’t anti-risk.  Scripture is anti-foolishness.

So, the next time you start hearing “the sale,” stop.  Breathe.  Keep your wits about you.  Ask yourself if it’s wise.  Ask yourself if it’s real.  Ask yourself if it’s “working your land” or trying to shortcut the process?

For today, “work your land” well and learn your income and expenses well.  See where cuts can be made and how you can invest well today for tomorrow.