Does God Want You To Be Rich?


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Does God Want You To Be Rich?

(Transcript)

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly
nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and
greed, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 (NIV)

Brothers and sisters, it’s time to get honest with ourselves about what greed really is. Most of us are not going to say, “Yes, I’m greedy.” But many of us don’t hesitate to say, “I want to be rich,” or “God wants to make me rich.” But it’s important to know what greed is according to the Bible because according to this passage, greed is idolatry, and idolaters won’t even enter the kingdom of heaven.

1 Timothy chapter 6 is going to shed some light on this for us. It says,

“But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we
brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing
out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be
content with that. 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. Some people,
eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced
themselves with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV)

Have you been telling yourself that you are the exception to this passage—that it’s okay for you, as a Christian, to want to be rich, because you want to use it for good things? If you really have the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of Wisdom, you’re going to read this passage with fear and trembling, and understand that the last thing that you want is to fall into a trap and many temptations and to fall away from the faith. But indeed, that’s what this scripture says is going to happen to you if you want to get rich.

So this is how the Bible defines greed and, specifically, it tells you what you can be content with. It says, “but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that,” and “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” Jesus came to free you from the fetters of the materialism of this world. He came to show that there is more to your life than what you eat and the things that you wear. And he has promised that God will provide you with those basic necessities—that just as he takes care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, so also he will take care of your basic needs. But in the same passage, he also told his disciples not to be afraid—to sell their possessions, give them to the poor, and follow Jesus. So, all of Jesus disciples had to learn to be content—or happy—with the bare necessities of life. Is this because Jesus wanted everyone to be destitute on the street? No, the scriptures are clear that you should work so you have something to give. This is about what you take and keep for yourself—that is greed.

So, the question today is not, “Does God want you to be rich?” The question is, are you able to be content with what you have today? And do you really believe what is written in the Bible or do you only believe it when it’s convenient for your flesh?

Jesus is here to teach you how to be content. If you don’t have that Godliness with contentment, then that is what you should be seeking.

So it’s time to get honest with ourselves. I challenge you this week to go before the Lord — don’t ask yourself, ask God: “God…am I greedy?” And if you find that, according to the scriptures, that indeed you do want to be rich, then ask Him to free you from the spirit of this world, and to give you the power of God that Jesus and his disciples walked in.

Brothers and sisters, read your Bible and do what it says!

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“As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

John 9:4

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