Does God Want You To Be Rich?

Does God want you to be rich?


This has become a polarizing question.

Wait, no, it's always been a polarizing question.

Matthew 19:23-25 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." When his disciples heard [that], they were [extremely] amazed and said, "Who then can be saved?"

Christians can get confused too. Jesus' disciples certainly were!

No, I'm not a fan of "health-and-wealth" Christianity. 

I think it's misleading. I think it causes people to have incorrect expectations, which later cause them to think that God has failed them.

It's not about money. It's about faith in God.

If a person believes God will give them lots of money, and He chooses not to, that person might think God either doesn't exist or doesn't care.

So the question lingers--does God want me to be rich?

If you are wealthy, then the answer is "Yes." God has given you money for a reason though. You're not free to wastefully dispense your money as you please. He gave it to you as a steward.

If you are not wealthy, the answer is "No." God has not given you "wealthy" levels of money for a reason. You're still not free to wastefully dispense the money you have. He gave it to you as a steward.

Perhaps the question each of us should be asking is, "Why has God chosen to make me wealthy (or not)?"

I've asked myself this question many times. I think, "If God just made all devout Christians wealthy, we could be more influential and make positive changes in the world--if only we had more money!"

Clearly the power to change the world comes from financial assets. Do you see the drips of sarcasm?

As I contemplate these questions, I believe God has given me some answers to rest upon.

1. God could make me wealthy in less than one second.

Yes, He could materialize a majestically cut, fifty-seven pound blue diamond in my living room, and all would be well.

2. He hasn't made me wealthy (by American standards).

In my mind I believe that I would use large sums of money for good purposes. I believe that if I had four hundred billion dollars, I would give to the poor, support missions, build church buildings, and help kids go to summer camp.

Maybe I would. 

Or maybe that money would fixate my mind on money. 

Maybe it would change my priorities. Maybe I would spend all my time thinking about how to spend and/or invest my money.

Maybe I'm not ready for that.

I Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. [Therefore], having food and [clothes], let us therewith be content. 

3. God could make me "poor" in less than one second.

Yes, He could cause me to lose my income. He could cause terrible illness to enter my family. He could allow me to become disabled. He could.

And He'd be well within His jurisdiction.

Remember now, He's God.

G-O-D.

Not g-o-d or a measly little demagogue.

He's the do-as-He-pleases Mastermind of the Universe and Source of all power. 

4. Seeking wealth for the sake of wealth is a bad idea.

I Timothy 6:9-10 But they that [want to] be rich fall into temptations and a snare; and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil--which while some coveted after, they erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. [Emphases added]

Is that clear?

Do you need to go to seminary to interpret that?

5. Ethically earning wealth is great.

I have a lot of respect for wealthy Christians that maintain the proper perspective. They could become greedy, money-mongering narcissists, but they don't.

I don't think God has anything against wealthy people, and neither should you.

So while living for wealth is a bad idea, living with wealth can be a great blessing.

Yes, one preposition can change your life.

And regardless of how much money you have right now at this moment, you can still be living for money or with money.

You have the choice. 

Conclusion:

What you do with your "average income" is a good indicator of what you would do with your "above average income."

If you wait for God to make you rich before you start giving away your money, you're probably never going to give.

And lastly, God doesn't owe you anything.

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