What Does the Bible Say About Money and Wealth?

What Does the Bible Say About Money and Wealth?

Why do people encounter money problems or troubles, even when they are serving God? Why hasn’t God answered my prayers? Will God make me prosper?

what does the Bible say about money, wealth, riches and poverty?

 

God Does not  Promise Good  Persons Wealth

There is no promise in the Bible that being a Christian will lead to a good job, wealth, etc. One verse is sometimes cited:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NLT, Jeremiah 29:11)

In context, this verse was directed specifically to the Israelite exiles in Babylon. “prosperity” can mean peace, completeness, safety, health, satisfaction or blessings. It does not directly refer to financial prosperity.

God’s faithful people may be rich or poor (2 Chronicles 17:3-5, Job 1:1-3, Matthew 27:57, Mark 12:41-44, Luke 16:19-22, 19:2-9, Proverbs 22:2, Luke 6:20).

 

Wealth Is not a Sign of God’s Favor

Jesus denied that wealth is a sign of God’s favor. This is shown most clearly in His Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31).

A rich man ended up in hell was because of his hard-heartedness toward the beggar Lazarus. The beggar Lazarus ended up in heaven although he was about as impoverished as a man could be. His poverty was obviously not a sign of sinfulness.

 

Wealth May Be a Gift from God to Be Used in His Service

Jesus saw wealth as a gift from God to be used in His service (Matthew 25:14-30). Those who have been blessed with wealth must share generously with the poor (Matthew 25:31-46), and avoid the sins of arrogance (1 Timothy 6:17-19), dishonesty (Exodus 20:15, Mark 10:19, Luke 3:12-14) and greed (Luke 12:13-21).

Those of us who are blessed with wealth beyond our need have a responsibility to share generously with the less fortunate on earth. Besides, a devotion to gathering wealth is incompatible with God’s idea. if you have more material possessions, it’s your duty to share with those who in need and have the compassion to them. (NIV, 1 John 3:17)

Those who are rich should not put their hope in wealth. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (NIV, 1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Wealth Can Be Dangerous If You Can’t Share it With Others out of Generosity.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at Jesus’s statements. Jesus said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and asked, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” (NRSV, Mark 10:23-27)

The craving for wealth and material possessions can potentially lead people into temptations. If a person spends evenings and weekends earning added income, he gives up the chance to give love and attention to his family. Do not rationalize your greed. by overly focus on earning more money or power, people could end up being bitter-hearted and self-isolated.

The love of money can easily make a person fall into temptation and give rise to ruin and self-destruction. (TNIV, 1 Timothy 6:9-11, emphasis added). Fraud or any form of dishonesty for personal gain would push a person from God’s blessing and love.  

 

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