Should a Christian have lots of money or little money?
Churches and congregations argue about this because we find many quotes arguing both points of view in the Bible.
There are Christians for whom the topic of money is not spiritual enough. They never speak about it. Jesus himself spoke very often about dealing with money.
Although money has no “eternal” value, it is important how we treat it.
We must be loyal and just in the “smallest things” so that God will trust us with the true good.
And for God the smallest thing is money and earthly possessions.
Jesus once said, “Children, how hard it is for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
For Jesus, riches are not the problem. It is our trust in riches that is the problem.
When you trust your own property more than you trust Jesus, it keeps you from the kingdom of God.
So money is dangerous, just like electricity. Therefore we have to learn to deal with money.
God is happy when we are prosperous, as long as he comes first and we are generous givers in his work out of love and thankfulness.
Jesus also did not say that we should reject the rich or riches. On the contrary.
“Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all”, says David in 1 Chronicles 29:12.
And if we put God in first place, then what is written in Matthew 6:33 will come to be:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Thus, if we put God in first place, he will bless us.
For “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”