Wealth in the Bible

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Category: Timothy

Be Rich in Good Deeds

1 Timothy 6:17 – 18 – ‘Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.’

There is so much in these two verses! We already know that some people in this world are rich, whilst others are lacking. God’s word indicates that for those who are blessed to be wealthy, they shouldn’t put their confidence in this. However, they should be rich in good deeds. And perhaps this is easier to do, with wealth.

God's Word says to be Rich in Good Deeds

God’s Word says to be Rich in Good Deeds

It is easy for us to attribute our wealth to ourselves. It was our hard work that earned the money. Because of our smart investing, we were able to build our wealth further. It was our foresight to put a particular amount of money into a certain savings account or on a particular stock or bond. Wrong! God directs us. He allows us to earn money and provides us with knowledge to be able to invest wisely and be a good steward of what He has blessed us with.

Even if we have wealth, there is no guarantee of it being around tomorrow – no matter how wisely we invest. Put your hope in God. After all, He can rebuild your wealth if it tumbles. But more importantly, He’s given all of us the opportunity for everlasting life – real treasure – if only we accept it.

Be Rich in Good Deeds

It is God who provides for us that which we need – and more! We can bless Him by blessing others as much as possible. Look for opportunities to be rich in good deeds and follow through.

Financial tip – seek out resources that you can acquire for free with a little patience and research. There are many online books that can be downloaded or local libraries that have a wealth of information you don’t need to pay to access.

The Love of Money

1 Timothy 6:9 – 10 – ‘People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.’

Do you remember God’s word that indicates you cannot love God and money? It is not possible to have these two coexisting – and nor should it be! God should always come first. Then our spouse and family. And after that? Well it’s up to you.

God's Word Warns: the Love of Money is a Root of all Kinds of Evil

God’s Word Warns: the Love of Money is a Root of all Kinds of Evil

Money is a common theme to be warned against in the bible. Or rather, the love of money. In today’s society it is easy to get things on credit and to acquire debt. The focus is on getting things now because we want them now. No longer are we encouraged to save up over time and then invest in an item – if we still want it when we can afford it.

With the ability to buy on credit – and the ability to acquire debt – we can fall into a trap. ‘If only I earned a little more money, my current lifestyle would be affordable’. Isn’t it funny that we need more to manage what we already want? Why can we not learn to live on less to be able to pay off what we owe? As we acquire more, if we are already living beyond our means, we will work out new ways to do so! More money will not aid us if we are already poor stewards of what God has blessed us with.

The Love of Money

Don’t fall into the trap of wanting to get rich. The love of money cannot benefit you. Why do you want to get rich? Of what benefit will it be to you?

Learn to be content with what you have. Think first to invest in others if you ever find yourself in abundance. That is the way a wealthy Christian should live.

Financial tip – establish a separate bank account for your child. If you put away $10 a week for 18 years, this totals $9,360 dollars for a deposit, education or something else. If you invested $10 a week for 18 years at 5% interest, this would total in excess of $14,600 at the end.

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A Means to Financial Gain

1 Timothy 6:4 – 5 – ‘… He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicious and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.’

The concept that people will pursue godliness as a means to financial gain astounds me. It seems to me that for the person who wants to be godly, they are strongly encouraged to give of everything they have. To give of their time; to offer up from their finances. They are encouraged to support those in need and to provide kind words to others.

I don’t see how this links with the potential to become wealthy. However, I do know that if you make full use of the talents God gives you in life, then he will multiply these. So if you wholeheartedly pursue a life of godliness, then I believe it can lead to abundant provision from God.

Godliness is not a Means to Financial Gain

Godliness is not a Means to Financial Gain

Obviously if this lifestyle is pursued just as a means to financial gain, then it is all a show. And this God will not bless with wealth!

A Means to Financial Gain: Checking Your Motives

It seems that some people feel that wealth is a bad thing. In fact, Christians should not show signs of wealth or prosperity. Surely, if they have more than enough, they will give this excess away!

I desire to be a wealthy Christian.  Why?  Because I can see how that can help me to further impact God’s kingdom. If I have more than enough, then I can consistently bless others. What’s more, I can give more in church. And I can save more for my children’s future. I can donate to causes God puts on my heart. How can this be wrong? Don’t see your faith as a means to financial gain, but also don’t see financial gain as a bad thing – it can positively impact your faith.

Financial tip – be proactive six days a week to bring in income, develop residual income and increase the value of your property; rest on the seventh day knowing you have been hard working and that God not only ordains, but insists on His people resting so they don’t burn out.

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