Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17
One of the most sensible prayers in the Bible is Proverbs 30:8-9: “Give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.”
God does bestow wealth on some of His servants, and their generosity has financed many of the great ministries that have changed the world. God also allows some of His people to live in humility, and their selflessness has also changed the lives of many people. Prosperity is no indication of righteousness, and poverty is not necessarily a virtue. The important thing is maintaining the absolute Lordship of Christ over all our life, including our money and possessions. The Bible warns, “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare…For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Whether rich or poor—or somewhere in the blessed in-between—let Christ be Lord of all.
Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can. John Wesley
Sermon: “Gospel Lifestyle” from 1 Timothy 6:3-10; 17-21 | Contentment in the Bible