Is wealth a sin?

Should a Christian seek to be wealthy?

David, the great king of Israel, just before he died wrote, “For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.” I Peter 2:11 reads: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrams. . . .”

All of God’s people, whether ancient Israelites or latter day Christians, need to recognize that we are mere “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” This world is not our home, as the old gospel song puts it. We must never allow our roots to get down too deep in this materialistic world. We brought nothing into this world and we shall take nothing out. David had no need for material things but he still recognized that his real home was in heaven not in Jerusalem.

So should we. The apostle Paul wrote, “For our conversation (Greek word means citizenship) is in heaven; from where we also look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

We are merely serving in this world as “ambassadors for Christ,” and our business here, representing the court of heaven is to urge men, “in Christ’s stead, be reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:20).

Why should we spend so much time gaining wealth and beautifying a home on earth when Christ has gone to prepare a mansion for us in heaven (John 14:2)? Remember Abraham, who by faith “Sojourned … in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob” (Hebrews 11:9). “But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly: wherefor God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (He brews11:16)

Also remember Paul, who had “no certain dwelling place” (1 Corinthians 4:11), not to mention the Lord Jesus himself, who had nowhere to lay his head (Matthew 8:20). God tells us in Psalm 62:10: “If riches increase, set not your heart upon them.”

Is it a sin to be wealthy? No. But that should not be out main focus in life. May God help us to put Christ first in our lives and not material things.

 

If you have a Bible question, write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater MN 55082. 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net.

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