Summary: It would appear that the Bible condemns the accumulation of wealth. Many passages of Scripture seem to suggest that the accumulation of wealth is evil while being poor is virtuous but only the love of money is condemned
Wealth is a gift from God
It would appear that the Bible condemns the accumulation of wealth. Many passages of Scripture seem to suggest that the accumulation of wealth is evil while being poor is virtuous. It would appear that the Bible condemns the accumulation of wealth. The Biblical perspective of money should present wealth in a different perspective.
The Bible distinguishes between possession of wealth and love of wealth. Only the love of money is condemned. The love of wealth and desire to become wealthy bring a variety of negative challenges that have the potential to shipwreck one’s spiritual walk.
A person’s attitude towards money and generosity with one’s wealth are fundamentally conditions of the heart that have not changed since the ancient world. Regardless of our level of wealth, we are still expected to depend on God and not on money for our spiritual destiny.
God is not opposed to riches. In fact, He is the originator of financial blessings.
Proverbs 10:22 - The blessing of the Lord makes one rich and He adds no sorrow with it.
Psalm 35:27 - Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.
The first time the Bible mentions someone with a lot of money, it speaks of a righteous man, Abraham.
Genesis 13:2 - And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
Abraham was wealthy and the father to all believers in Christ.
You cannot begin to release your financial potential unless you believe that God wants to bless you in every way possible with physical things. It pleases Him to heap blessings upon you.
God has not placed you on the earth to struggle financially. He is looking for ways to bless you. Of course, He does not want you to chase after money, but wants you to chase after Him and to build a relationship with Him. If you chase after money, money will elude you. If you chase after God, money will chase after you and the things that come from the Lord will not cause any sorrow.
Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
When we understand wealth as the gift of God, we understand that it comes from God and it belongs to God. This is a very difficult attitude for the world to adopt. But the Bible makes it clear that God created everything, God sustains everything and God owns everything.
God is not against money. However, God is against loving money. Remember, God will not give us more than we are able to handle. Change your view of money and when it is in your hands, use it to accomplish good things. But never make it an object of your worship and do not become obsessed with money.
The real question we need to think about is, why does God give us this wealth? Does He give us this wealth to build large mansions and live in luxury? No. It’s all about stewardship. God is looking for people He can trust with large amounts of money to build His Kingdom.
Stewardship is all management and not ownership. A steward is someone who manages another person’s property, finances, and household. The steward owns nothing, but is in a position of authority as if he or she is the owner of it.