What is mankind most dependent on planet earth? Capital from material things, or riches in heaven?
“Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
If we are consumed by God we have a bond, our separation is fused together to the Father who sustains life. Material needs are inconsequential compared to the extensive bounty in heaven.
“Give us our daily bread”
Food for our souls, Jesus is our anchor so that we will not drift away. There is enough money to feed all the world so we can dwell a comfortable existence, yet we endure poverty. There is also enough food to sustain life, yet we suffer starvation. Can wealth buy you happiness?
Fast cars, nice clothes are for a moment, where the bread of life is free and eternal. God is free, Jesus is love, a relationship with money separates us from the Lords loving embrace. If you have it all you have nothing, if you have faith you have Christ. Trusting in the creator takes away what leads to greed and ultimately temptation. Mankind trusts money over God, but wealth can’t buy you happiness it’s just superficial. Christians give, and God blesses our giving if we sow we reap rewards. We make money but we do not own it, it belongs to the head of state which in the UK is a King or Queen. Everything we actually have is by God’s grace. Everything belongs to God. Also, the Lord hates debt.
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
“Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.”
Loving money more than God is a transgression as you should love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.”
Mammon means wealth or false object of worship. Having money is not a sin, but we can easily lose our devotion to the Father as the love of money is the root of all evil. We should never flaunt our wealth only flaunt Jesus.
“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one or love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.”
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
One thing is certain a rich man can enter heaven and have eternal life if you keep the commandments. The Lord condemns who are greedy, selfish and dishonest with their wealth.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you, there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.”
When we please the Lord we have no greed. So remember we are rich and poor in society, but we are required to help each other, to help our neighbour’s so all are blessed and come to Christ. What you do with your riches and time tells where your heart is. Treasures of the heart are the love of The Holy Spirit which leads us to share and help others. Live according to the bible, the written word of God truth absolute and love.
“God has spoken once, twice I have heard this that power belongs to God.”
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The Mystery Revealed
“For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles, if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God-given to me by the effective working of His power.”
The Mystery Solved
Money and wealth can separate us from God. Our bank account is not the most important, or property one owns. Neither is to be compliance with laws and commandments, or to do acts of philanthropy, helping the poor, or services to God. All these are very necessary but not sufficient.
Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler
“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
So He said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
With God All Things Are Possible
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
“Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed you.”29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ, that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death if, by any means, I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
The Widow’s Two Mites
Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”
1 Corinthians 13:3
“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
The problem is not to sell your property, or to leave your family. If you are attached to something or a person, what does this mean for you?
Are they more important than God? If yes then you are between your needs and fulfilment in the Lord. Wealth, child, husband, can attract the heart, but build a wall of separation from you and the Father. Sooner or later everyone has to test his faith and love for the creator.
Abraham was a rich man but had no problems with God
“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land I will show you.” For him, the test of love was not his property but in his child Isaac, when he was asked to sacrifice him. His attitude full with faith and love made no difference. He proved he had nothing related to his heart and was ready to sacrifice everything for the love of God. The King of Kings does not accept half measures. In the end, love comes first. People want everything, and can become a slave to the things in which you are bound.”
It is important how much you give to God but there are other factors. Motivation, don’t become proud, or to hide things. Don’t buy deeds to your salvation, or try to balance bad with the good, also the manner in which you do charitable acts.
“But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”
In life we can mix all that is good, with wicked ways if our money is not clean, it is unrighteous God frowns on things that are mixed. These are only a few things because Jesus said: “It’s very hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
A man connects his heart to material things, very easily, and it’s not easy to give up comfort, social positions, and woman. The need for social status is a very powerful force controlled by Satan.
“But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him, they will ask the more.”
“Yet it shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be a slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
1 Peter 4:11
“If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.”
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
The ability to make money is a gift. Every gift is received by the Lord, and every gift is given to serve the other.
1 Peter 4:10
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:24
“Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.”
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Christ in Our Place
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man, someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
1 Corinthians 4:2
” Moreover, it is required in stewards that one is found faithful.”
1 Corinthians 4:7
“For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”
2 Corinthians 8:3
“For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”
2 Corinthians 9:7-9
“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”
Warning Rejecting God, you separate further. There is vast evidence for God’s handy-work in everything.
To be poor is not a virtue. Poverty is not an expression of righteousness, and not promoted by God.
To be rich is not a sin.
Even if mankind’s Kingdom is made up of spiritual wealth God does not exclude wealth of this world. All his promises abound are in blessings of material and spiritual prosperity.
But there are some requirements. They are viewed as protecting not as an unjustified restriction.
- Follow the plan of God and his will for your personal life.
- Remain in his will because only then he gives you his blessings
Proverbs 10: 22
“The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.”
- Be happy and thankful for the Father’s ways for us to abide by. Because his will is good, acceptable and perfect for everyday life.
- Do not forget that every child of God is a member of Jesus’s body. This member is endowed by the Lord with talents able to do divine functions in the flesh. Every member has a clear function in human form.
- Do not forget Satan has promised and planned for you, trying to pull you out from God’s will. If you remain in God’s will you are blessed. If you come out then you lose his blessings.
Jesus said “he who does not gather with me scatters”
There is a risk of gathering like the Machiavellian principle of the end justifies the means, riches and possessions become Mammon. Or you and your family make compromises from God’s values in your eyes legally fair, wanting more and more for your own good. Jesus said that without him we cannot do nothing. This includes accumulation and also the management of health in principles of God’s kingdom. His kingdom is a rich paradise not poor. God is a rich king and gives abundantly including talents to make money. The Lords promises given to all the Hebrew people are remarkable, even if the nation did not respect it till the end. Through these promises and more we can see thoughts and attitudes of God in front of any situation.
Blessings on Obedience
28 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all people’s of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
But the problem starts from the fact that money has huge potential to corrupt. The Bible said:
1 Timothy 6:10
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
1 Timothy 6:9
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
Money can corrupt character and the soul of mankind. Corruption has devastating consequences. We know that money is power in the world led by Satan. The Bible informs us that Satan is the one who is holding the reins of this world. He manages this planet including money. Or rather one of the first things that Satan uses is money. Corruption has devastating consequences for already rich men but especially for man’s eternal future. Very Few wealthy people are not crushed by the weight of wealth. Money can put God in second place, or to forget him completely.
Deuteronomy 9: 17-18
“Then you say in your heart, ‘ My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth.”
Money can become an idol, an altar to worship daily with the mind, will, and sentiments. Money can “steal” your heart, time, and family.
“You can sacrifice yourself and you sacrifice others, including the loved ones. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Interesting is attitudes of Jesus towards a rich man who was moral and followed the law, but his heart was linked by his wealth. There also the risk to manage money in selfish ways, selfish motivations attitudes, and pride. Or, worse trying to reconcile with God fuelling Satan through charity acts, humanitarian pursuits, and paying a tribute to Satan through illegality, injustice, and sin.
“Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”
There are many disturbing factors that pose risky ways like economic financial contexts which make pressure over each individual, distracting the attention of man from all spiritual pursuits to material joys that push God and his will firmly into second place. Honouring God in passing becomes time without value. Artificial needs suffocate putting pressure on all people, especially rich who are exposed in the first place. All these together with temptation, freedom without limits reduce potential to be spiritual and acceptable to God. We do not understand all implications or many truths with reference to wealth or do not fulfil many of requirements.
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him, they will ask the more.”
“And whoever of you desires to be first shall be a slave of all.”
“But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
We do not understand sufficiently why God choose the weak and support the deprived. There is no verse that says God supports a rich man, but there are many verses in which God supports poor people.
“And again I say to you. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
In hell, there will be rich and poor. Maybe a good attitude is this:
“Give me neither poverty nor riches Feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, And say, ‘ Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”
Or maybe attitudes of Paul can be an example for us all:
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”