Proverbs 10:22, “The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (ESV) This scripture explains that wealth gained only by human effort and for earthly purposes causes hardships and sorrows. However, if the underlying action is a blessing from God, these hardships will feel insignificant.

What does the Word of God says about wealth for Christians? Among those who are in grace with God, there are not many rich. 1 Corinthians 1:26 (NLT), “Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.” Most of God’s elect in the eyes of the world are poor, even though they are rich in faith and truth. 

It would not be appropriate, however, to think that God has anything against the wealthy, simply because they are rich. Such an assessment could be unfair. God evaluates people by the state of their hearts and conduct rather than by wealth or education. Recognize that both rich and poor people can be hardhearted. Wealth does not refer to someone who owns a house, car or other basic needs. It is the wealth accumulated for the purpose of gaining earthly status and property which may lead to selfishness.

Ecclesiastes 11:1, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.” What does this mean? Use your gain to do good to others and leave the blessings which will return to you from the Lord’s hands. “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” (Proverbs 19:17)

Search for opportunities to share what you have with others, because there are many who are in need- just look around. Opportunities to serve will end, so make the most each service. Remember the Apostle Paul’s injunction: “Do good unto all men, especially those of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) God has promised He will reward those who do not bury their talents (including monetary talents). See Matthew 25:15-28.

If we are faithful stewards, God will reward us with a heavenly crown of glory. (Revelation 2:10)