Should Christians be rich? No.
Even if I have millions in the bank (and I don’t) I am merely administering that money (being a good steward) on behalf of God to bless the poor. Nothing more.
He blesses me to bless others. He works through me to reach them. I am His body, He lives through me. If I won’t pass on the blessings, then He is unable to work through me. If I won’t stop and care for the poor, how will He bless them?
So… if you’re a preacher who has a very expensive personal jet – I say that you must sell it and give the money to the poor… and you will have riches in Heaven.
Jesus said to ask for what you NEED. Do you need a coat? Ask for it. Do you need a home? Ask for it. Do you need a car? Ask for it. Do you need new shoes for a formal? Ask for it. God wants to bless you and give you an abundant life.
But… do you need a second home? A third? A fourth? ten investment properties? Probably not. Do you need a Lear jet? Nope. Do you need 20 pairs of shoes? Unlikely.
Jesus said to give what you have extra to the poor. He said we can ask for anything at any time, BECAUSE He knows what we need and He will give it to us.
But that’s the deal. You give. He gives. If you don’t give… should He still give? You broke the deal.
Today I was in the hardware store. I happened to be looking at some kettles.
I said to God that I would really like to have a see-through kettle (I love watching the bubbles) and I said I would wait for Him to provide it someday. I thought maybe I’d get a second-hand one (I don’t mind).
SUDDENLY right in front of me (at eye level) was exactly such a kettle. It wasn’t there just a moment before. So I bought it! I’ve been wanting and asking for it since December 2006 – and now here it was. Thanks Lord!
God does love to bless us, we’re His kids! But. He also will expect me to now give away my existing kettle. I won’t sell it, I will look for someone less fortunate to bless with my existing kettle.
He blessed me, I will bless someone else. That’s the deal.
So should Christians be rich? No. Should they have what they need? Definitely.
Christian should not be in debt or be in poverty. They may have money and have some nice things within reasons… but that’s all external… it’s what is in our heart that matters.
Our heart should be to bless others, to help the poor, help the needy. Jesus said, if we are doing THAT (keeping His command to love one another) then whatever we ask for we will recieve!
If we keep His command and we need something, we can ask for it, we will receive it. We are representing Him, we are letting Him love through us, we are doing His will on the earth (to love) so WHY WOULDN’T He bless us?
We’re not going to go without and live like a pauper. No. For those who are obedient to His command to love, God wants us to EAT at a lavish banquet in the very sight and presence of our enemies!
Why? Because if they want to have the same lavish banquet, then they too need to listen to what Jesus said, what Jesus commanded:
- Love the Lord you God will all your heart, soul and mind (meaning: dedicate your life to Him and trust Him)
- and love one another and give your lives for each other as He did
But. His plan is to bless us and have us bless others. If you truly trust Him to provide… then you won’t store up riches for yourself to keep yourself safe. You’re already safe because He is your God. Whenever you need something, you can simply ask Him for it.
But… if money and savings accounts and insurance is your God… then you’re stuck serving two Gods. But if God is your God, then you will trust Him to provide for you. At least, that is how I live my life. And it seems to work. It’s up. It’s down. It’s maddening. But it works.
The best analogy for this is: will you be a dam or a river? A dam hoardes for future days where there might not be rainfall. A river assumes that God will keep providing and it flows and flows and flows, always trusting that God will send.