Is being rich sin? Pt 2

May 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

In the last article we dealt with this question and came to understand that the answer depends upon the condition of the inner heart.

It’s okay for Christians to be rich but there are some strong warning in the Bible.

Paul wrote to Timothy and warned him, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”

And then he goes on to say, “And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”

And finally he states, “Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”

Do you see the danger? I hope that it sobers you up a little. It is very easy to deceive ourselves.

Let’s encourage one another to be careful and watch this area closely. Paul says that the best thing is to be rich in good works, ready to share and ready to give.

In the Proverbs it says, “Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!”

“Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings;

They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”

Have you ever tried to catch an eagle? It’s not easy in fact you could call it a waste of time.

So is the pursuit of riches. Be diligent, be faithful and if God blesses you with riches than say thank you and guard you heart.

Let your focus be on serving God in your business by serving others. Apply diligently the principles found in the bible and then let God bring about the increase He wants.

Now the balance to this is what Paul said to Timothy, “But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”

It’s okay to enjoy your prosperity.

One of the gifts of God is stated this way, “ I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice,  and to do good in their lives and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor-it is the gift of God.”

I have been very poor and I have been prosperous. But in each situation God has taught my family to be content and let our joy in Him always be the same.

In our poverty I was very thankful for the experiences of seeing miraculous provision.

In our prosperity I was very thankful for the joy of being able to give richly to others and the pleasure of a good meal at a nice restaurant without worrying how much the bill was.

May God give you wisdom and full understanding.




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