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Riches and the Christian
It is not a sin to be rich. The Bible never implies that in and of itself the possession of wealth is a sin. A rich person can be a true follower of God. There are many instances of good Christians who were rich in worldly possessions, though not so many as of those who are poor in this world’s goods (Matthew 19:23). The poor person is to be glad in his Christian privileges, in this life and the life to come, and the rich man is to rejoice in his Christian humility rather than in his wealth.
Riches – an obstacle to Christian growth
The Bible does clearly indicate that wealth may be a serious obstacle to a successful Christian experience. Jesus says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19–21; Luke 12:13–22). The believer should not worry about the material necessities of life because of his confidence that God knows his needs and will provide for them (Matthew 6: 31–34).
Using wealth for the glory of God
All that a man has in this life is merely lent to him by God; only the “treasure” he lays up in heaven can truly be called his own. The rich believer can find many ways for using his riches. The troubles of others in the church, who may have lost their job because of their faith, give him a chance to share his blessings.
Also, he can use his resources to support the mission field. In the apostolic era, the missionary trips of the apostles, required financial help, and the rich church members gladly supported the cause of God. This sense of stewardship on the part of early believers to the resources given to them by God is a noble illustration for the members in the church today who are blessed with riches.
The fading glory of riches
Life with its glories quickly passes away and the “son of man” “shall be made as grass” (Isaiah 51:12). The rich believer who see life in its proper perspective will seize the opportunity to share his riches before the time when he can’t do that (James 1:10).
The man who depends on his riches will one day pass way along with them, without securing the most desired blessing, eternal life. Thus, the brother who is rich needs to see its vanity (Matthew 6:19; Luke 12:16–21). Instead, he should focus his attention upon the wealth of Christian privileges in this life and upon the riches of eternal life (Matthew 19:29). The rich Christian’s only sure basis for rejoicing is found in the security of his relationship with the Lord, for this is his only true wealth will never fade away.
In His service,