Posts Tagged ‘wealth

24
May
10

Does wealth = God’s Blessing

I have a nice home, a nice car, a 401k, an emergency fund and plenty of food in my pantry. I am blessed with all of this because I am Christian. Right? Wrong.

If I follow this logic then the teenager in a muslim country who has been shunned by their family for a profession of Christ is not blessed. How about the Bedouin Christian whose family only has two meals a week? Nope not blessed. Or my dear friend from the persecuted church in Central Asia whose pastor friend has been in jail for two years for preaching the gospel. Sorry wrong again.

Their faith just isn’t as strong as mine because God has blessed me with money. Is this what I convey when someone compliments me? “Your house is beautiful.” Without thinking I pipe up, “I am blessed.”

Don’t get me wrong. I want to give thanks to God..for the right things. The things that I share in common with my persecuted brethren around the world. Things like salvation, grace, mercy, all access to God through Christ, air to breathe.

There is a case that can be made for wealth being a blessing in the New Testament. It was in the context of being blessed (by money) so that you may give to those in need.

Romans 15:25Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. 26For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.

Acts 4:32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. 34There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

Do we have to give all of our money away? Should we give everything away? I can’t answer that. I can tell you that I want to be willing to give it all away the moment I feel compelled by God. I know anything that I have belongs to God. If someone else needs something that is in my possession that’s okay because it wasn’t mine to begin with.

Wether I’m a millionaire or penniless, live in a 5,000 square foot house or a mud hut, it is my position before God that determines wether I’m blessed, not my bank account.




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