Riches, Wealth, and Money

The Bible has MUCH to say about riches, wealth, and money.  Over and over this theme comes out in scripture.  Jesus told parables about it, instructions and warnings are given, and Jesus was betrayed over 30 pieces of silver.  We live in a very different world than the writers of the scriptures, yet the values we find in the Word of God still remain relevant.

Here are just a couple Kingdom values we find in scripture when it comes to money:

1) Generosity.

In Acts 4:32, we see that “All 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.”  We are also instructed to give to the Lord’s work.  These acts of generosity are made easier when we understand that everything comes from God in the first place!

2) Contentment.

Paul shares with us in Philippians 4:10-13 that he had found the secret to being content in all circumstances.  If you are wealthy, are you content?  If you are poor, are you content?  Do we trust that God will provide?  He takes care of the sparrows, wont he take care of us?  We must find our contentment by leaning on the everlasting arms, and not placing our trust in our money.

3) Riches are perishable.

We will all stand before God almighty on the day of judgement empty handed.  We will not be taking any of our riches with us!  In Matthew 6: 20, Jesus tells us to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal”.

We must remind ourselves of the Kingdom values as so often we hear a different message from the world.

Blessings,

Josh

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