Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
As disciples of Christ, it is important to know what the Bible says about wealth. People should understand the dangers of focusing only on one's material possessions and neglecting to live a spirit-filled life.
Surely, the Bible doesn't say the same thing the world says about wealth. However, most people choose the world view of wealth instead of what the Bible says about it.
Wealth is defined as an abundance of valuable things or money. It is having a suitable accumulation of resources and possessions. Simply put, wealth is having more than enough good food to eat, nice clothes to wear, and a suitable place to live.
Most people consider wealth to be an abundance of valuable financial assets and physical possessions. It is a collection of things that someone owns that is more than he actually needs to live comfortably.
Scriptures About Wealth
The Bible advises a lot about wealth. If you are blessed to have an abundance of possessions, don’t become arrogant and think of yourself as being better than others who don't have as much. Moses reminds us in Deuteronomy 8:18, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Do not put your hope in your wealth because it can be here today and gone tomorrow. Proverbs 23:5 advises, “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”
Dangers of Wealth
Even though people want to accumulate as much as they can, the Bible has a lot to say about that issue. In fact, the Bible reveals several dangers of wealth.
Wealth can become the center of your life and take God's place. Wealth can become a source of pride. God puts a higher priority on knowing Him personally that accumulating material possessions. When people have wealth, they tend to depend on what they have accumulated than on trusting God to supply their every need.
Wealth can easily become an idol if you are not careful. You might begin to worship your wealth instead of worshipping God. What you have should never take the place of the One who has you.
Having wealth can keep people from depending on God. That's because most of their physical needs are met, and they start to feel self-reliant thinking they don't need to seek God for anything. Whenever they feel empty or depressed, they go shopping and buy something. The worst the feeling, the bigger the purchase.
What is true wealth for those who want to live righteously? The Bible has a lot to say about true wealth.
True wealth is what we gain when we give up things to follow Jesus. Jesus told His disciples that anyone who gives up something valuable for His sake will be repaid many times over in this life.
True wealth is more valuable than material things. Material things don't last forever. They will rust, get torn, and eventually become useless. True wealth lasts forever because it is eternal.
True wealth is not what a person has to work hard to get on his own. It is nothing given by others, such as an inheritance. True wealth is not something that is stolen from someone to claim as your own. True wealth is what has been given to you by God as a result of your faithfulness to Him and to the Kingdom of God.
True wealth is what you have when you have a personal intimate relationship with God. When you spend time with God, the reward is a valuable relationship. That relationship is true wealth that cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen.
You can always determine where your true wealth lies if you examine your calendar and your checkbook. You will see how you are spending your time and your money. In other words, true wealth exists when your focus is on spending time with God and the things of God. Your focus will also be on spending money on ways that will bring glory to God.
How to Have True Wealth
A person can experience true wealth without having a big bank account, without living in a mansion, without having fancy cars, a yacht, furs, or priceless jewelry. When a person has Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, then he has true wealth.
The Bible does not forbid having nice things. There were wealthy people in the Bible such as Job. What the Bible reveals is that our main focus should be on God no matter how much or how little we have accumulated. As long as we can keep Jesus as the center of our lives, then we will always have the true wealth the Bible advocates.