Sunday, May 26, 2013

Does The Bible Have Commands For Wealthy People?

Does the Bible have anything to say to the rich?  Does it give negative commands to give all our money away or does it say something else?

The Apostle Paul wrote:
"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." 1 Timothy 6:17, NIV.

The phrase, "Rich in this present world," suggests that wealth is limited to the time and space of this present world. Wealth seems to be a phenomenon of this life and is not a concern in heaven.

An arrogant person may think they are better than others. The wealthy are not to think they are more privileged than those who are not. The Bible consistently admonishes us to be humble, not seeing ourselves as better than others.

We are not to put our hope in wealth. Do not think that money assures pleasure, comfort, love, peace, freedom from want or deliverance from need. Money is no guarantee of any of these things.

Money is uncertain. The markets may crash, there may be a run on the bank or there may be economic collapse. The treasure hidden may be stolen or the value deflates.

Do not hope in riches but in the giver of riches- in God. The things we fear are under his control. Poverty, need and security are things He is able to take care. We need to put a dynamic active hope in Him. We hope by choosing to hope in Him and not choosing to hope in temporary wealth.

The wealth of Our Heavenly Father is capable of providing what we need. He can provide abundantly more than enough if we just hope in him. The Lord is not stingy, he provides and we may enjoy what he provides.

The Scriptures does not condemn wealth: it says to not trust in wealth but trust in The Lord.

(c) Adron 2013

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