There is nothing wrong with being a rich and successful Christian.
Proverbs 14:23 promises, “All hard work brings a profit,” and Proverbs 10:4 says, “Diligent hands bring wealth.” The diligent, hard-working Christian can expect to be blessed with profit and wealth.
However, God’s gifts of profit and wealth come with words of caution as stated in the following passages:
- Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”
- King Solomon warns us in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied.”
- Jesus says in Matthew 19:23, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
If all this is true, and it is, how do successful Christians enjoy the fruits of their labor, i.e., money and wealth, while guarding against the pitfalls?
The answer is found in 1 Timothy 6:17-18 which declares:
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
These verses are divine instructions for “those who are rich in this present world.” When your season of material abundance arrives, if it hasn’t already, the 1 Timothy 6:17-18 passage is telling you to do the following three things:
Resist the temptation to become arrogant. Don’t get puffed up or expect special privileges or think of yourself as better than others.
Don’t put your hope in wealth which is so uncertain. A good job or business and its steady earnings can be here today and gone tomorrow.
Be generous and willing to share. Your wealth starts with God who is infinitely rich. He shares his riches with you, and then instructs you to share those same riches with others.
Finally, following the instructions in 1 Timothy 6:17-18 will yield the heavenly riches promised in 1 Timothy 6:19:
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Your heavenly treasure tomorrow will exceed all of your earthly treasures today. Tomorrow’s life is truly life. It is real, waiting, and eternally secure.