Christian Teaching on Wealth and Poverty
Wealth and poverty.
Is it the heart of God for the people to live in poverty? Let's look at an example of Christ in the New Testament.
In the book of John, in the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus took five loaves and 2 fishes from a little boy, gave thanks and distributed the food to His disciples.
The end result is after feeding the five thousand, the disciples gathered the remains of the five barley loaves into twelve baskets full.
Isn't Jesus ever so sweet and wonderful? He did not only give enough to feed the multitude, He supplied more than enough! I pray that you study through the miracles of Jesus. It is always His heart to bless, to give and to heal.
This is the heart of God. It is never His heart for the people to live in poverty. God blesses Abraham, Isaac and Jacob abundantly in the book of Genesis.
In the story of the Exodus, as the children of Israel left Egypt, they did not leave with empty hands. They left with "articles of silver, articles of gold, clothing" Exodus 12:35 and "flocks and herds-a great multitude of livestock" Exodus 12:38.
Even Job, after all the calamities that befallen him, God blesses him much more than before his former days. God also blesses King Solomon so much that in 2 Chronicles 9: 22, "So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.".
Even today, research has shown that King Solomon is the wealthiest man that ever lived.
As it is written, those of whom who walks according to the purpose and will of God are greatly bless and are wealthy.
As for King Solomon who turn his heart away from God in his later years, God did not withdraw His blessings nor tear the kingdom from Solomon while he is alive because of "the sake of my servant David." 1 Kings 11:13.
As for present day Christians, our blessings are even much more than the former days of old.
In Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ."
As my pastor said, Jesus is made poor that we can be made rich in Him." and in Ephesians 2:7, "that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."
Our God is a rich God! I can never understand why some Christians think that being poor or living in poverty is a virtue and they thought that God wants them to live in this way.
In Genesis 2:12 God says that the gold of the land of Havilah is good. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being wealthy.
How can we tell the world that our God is a rich God and that He desires to bless us physically, emotionally and spiritually if we appear in dilapidated clothing?
The world cannot see the Christians being bless emotionally and spiritually. The world can only see the Christians being physically bless.
I will end with, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you."Matthew 6:33.