Attitude Towards Wealth
And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! ≈ Mark 10:23
What is the right attitude towards wealth? A basic question to consider when deciding “about our perspectives and decisions in relation to material things—particularly material wealth” (Link, 2013).
It’s surmised that for many, wealth is the excessive abundance of possessions and the status that money can buy. Riches above the means needed to enjoy the comforts of this world. Beyond the realm of what Maslow, Alderfer, and scholars affirm all humans need. Where wealth is stored up, idolized, vigorously indulged in, and tirelessly pursued.
Though wealth can buy material things like property, power, and position… It can’t buy integrity, love, or peace. Besides, wealth isn’t a sign of God’s favor. Wealth is a gift from God to be used in His service for the good of all His people. When God choose to give us excessive material wealth. May we have the courage to accept… that material wealth can become a dangerous idol. Matthew 16:26 asks…what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Although it may seem, there is nothing that the rich have in common with the poor. Proverbs 22:2 states… the Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all (NIV). Faithful men and women of God, can be rich or poor as declared in Genesis 13:2, Deuteronomy 8:18, 2 Chronicles 17:3-5, Job 1:1-3, Matthew 27:57, Mark 12:41-44, Luke 16:19-22, 19:2-9, Proverbs 22:2, and Luke 6:20. Hence, the children of God choose not to pursue wealth, but the Giver of wealth.
As, I pray to God in Jesus name. Not for an abundance of material excess… But, for enough… That which is sufficient, to do the things that God would have us to do. Trusting in Philippians 4:19, And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
I wonder if wealth—including monetary wealth, can simply be “the condition of being happy and prosperous” with “spiritual well-being” (OED).
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.