A Biblical View of Wealth
I am persuaded that the Bible teaches a form of Christian capitalism: responsibility associated with wealth. It does not promote the possession of money for the sake of money, but instead encourages us to use money for the sake of the kingdom.
A Biblical view of wealth involves having an eternal perspective. It is crucial that we understand Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” God is the landlord; we are just tenants. We didn’t arrive with our riches and we won’t take them with us; they all belong to God. So it’s important for us to live with eternity in mind and live our life here below as responsible stewards. Whether we have a little or a lot, God at the judgment will richly reward us.
The Bible chronicles the very prayer of David who considered it a privilege to give to the work of the Lord. He said, “But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand…And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.” (I Chron. 29:14, 17)
There’s no telling what we can accomplish in our generation, if we, too, can catch the joy of contagious giving. Not only would we be empowered to spread the gospel around the globe but we might also leave an indelible mark on the 21st century. We can make a difference.