This is the quintessential question about money in our culture today—even within the church. You’ve probably heard your members talking about it.
It’s one of those questions formed by lots of smaller questions like: Are some cars more spiritual than others? Will some vacations put our salvation in jeopardy? Can a house be too big? When do you have “enough” money in the bank?
Reflecting on these questions can be tricky. Whose possessions are we talking about—ours or someone else’s? This distinction matters, doesn’t it? It can feel like the amount of money or stuff we have is okay, but if anyone has more than we do, they are greedy and selfish. Of course, as Americans, we’re already richer than most of the world’s population. We’re well-off. We’re even—gasp—wealthy!
In fact, a net income of $34,000 per year puts you in the top one percent of earners in the entire world!
And if you’re handling money God’s ways, your potential to grow wealth will only increase. If you get out of debt, save and invest, you’re going to have more money. Then what?
The question will ultimately become: Is your wealth evil?
Despite some of the toxic teachings of our day, the Bible makes it clear that wealth isn’t evil—the love of money is. Our perceptions and feelings about wealth can be dangerous. That’s why God gives us four warnings in His Word.
“He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.” —Proverbs 11:28
“Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.” —Proverbs 13:11
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare. . . . For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” —1 Timothy 6:9–10
“So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” —Romans 14:12
If you do the right things with your money, you’re going to attain some level of wealth. Now is the time to wrestle through your personal feelings, understand what the Bible has to say, and filter what society believes about wealth through that truth. You can choose to manage your money recklessly, hide it in fear, or have fun with it and bless plenty of people in the process! It’s all up to you!
After all, our ultimate goal in wealth building isn’t to benefit ourselves. We are called to manage His resources for His glory. What a joy that we’re allowed to experience His generosity in the process!