I once ask my friends what they would like to know or answered about spirituality or Christianity. And I received a question from a friend whether it is true that there are more verses in the Bible about wealth or money than verses about prayer.
I was a bit surprised about his question because it is a bit unlikely. Maybe I was expecting a more controversial question like is Jesus really a god and how can I defend my answer.
Money verses vs. Prayer verses
It is true that the Bible has hundreds of verses that speaks about wealth, way more than verses about prayer. But it is important to note that there are no verses in the Bible that give importance to wealth or money. These hundreds of verses in the Bible that speaks about money and wealthare in fact, mostly warnings against the love of money, instructions on how to properly handle riches, and information what is the true riches.
God knows that people tends to change into being ungodly when they received a lot of blessings. People became proud, self-sufficient, violent, lustful, greed, selfish and even forgetting God or denying Him.
He even discourages people from earthly riches because earthly riches and heavenly riches are two opposite things.
Heavenly riches are the rewards of what you become, which is something beautiful. While earthly riches is the reason of what you will become; wicked. (Note: it is only in Harry Potter that the word wicked means awesome.)
God vs. Money
There are two verses that I could remember that explains how our Lord Jesus Christ gives emphasis or warning about being rich:
Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, 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. – Matthew 19:23-24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:24
These words were spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ himself. The second verse explains how contradicting it is to serve God full time while concentrating being rich.
Imagine how He says the words, “… he will hold the one, and despise the other.” Loving God is turning away from the love of money.
Should I stay broke?
Now you may ask, does being wealthy or rich is sinful? Will God hate me when I became rich?
The answer is no. Actually, God loves wealth. God wants his people to be bountiful. That’s why He left us written instructions on how to acquire it, properly.
One good instruction that the Lord Jesus left us on how to acquire wealth:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – Luke 6:38
He also promised His people mansions in heaven when they get there:
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. – John 14:2
He stated mansion here, not shelter. So I guess He promotes wealth and wants us to be wealthy because He Himself is rich. He just simply owns everything.
While He wants us to be wealthy, He also wants us to be humble, not proud; keep on relying on Him, not self-sufficient; peaceful, not violent; giver, not greed and selfish; thankful and not forget Him.
Remember, money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is.
Next time, I will discuss how to be rich in His will.
Here are other bible verses about riches and money:
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. – Proverbs 6:6-8
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. – 1 Timothy 6:10
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. – Acts 20:35
The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. – Proverbs 22:7
The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them. – 1 Samuel 2:7-8
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart. – Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. – Deuteronomy 8:18-19
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. – Proverbs 10:22
For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? – Proverbs 27:24
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. – Ecclesiastes 4:8
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. – Ecclesiastes 5:10
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. – James 5:1-3
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers. – 1 Peter 1:18
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. – Proverbs 23:5
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. – Matthew 13:22
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matthew 6:19-21
And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it 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. – Mark 10:23-25
With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:s Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. – Ezekiel 28:4-8
And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. – Deuteronomy 8:13-14
Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:s Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:s Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. – Proverbs 30:7-9
And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness. Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations. – Nehemiah 9:25-26
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. – Matthew 19:21-22
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out. – Proverbs 28:11
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. – Ecclesiastes 5:12