When I was a kid I told my parents I was going to play professional baseball and buy them a house bigger than the school administration building across the street. I planned to be rich.
Most of us desire to be rich. In fact, I’ve never met a person who wanted to be poor. But what does God think about this?
The Driving Force
There are plenty of wealthy people mentioned in the Bible and not all of them were called to sell everything they had and give it to the poor. But every Christian is called to choose who or what will be the driving force of our lives: God or money?
Jesus said, “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Luke 16:13
It's possible to be very religious and be a lover of money; the Pharisees were. But Jesus says it is not possible to be a lover of God and a lover of money. These two things war against each other and each of us must decide between them.
The world's current always pulls in the direction of the love of money. You'll have to swim hard in the opposite direction by deciding to lay down the goal of being rich over and over again. Otherwise, the consequences could be very severe.
The Dangerous Byproduct
Tempted. Ensnared. Plunged into ruin and destruction. None of these things are on your list of goals and yet Scripture says they are the byproduct of desiring to be rich.
God says, “Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10
Am I arguing that money is bad and all Christians should be poor? No. It’s not bad to be rich, but being rich is a bad goal.
"It’s not bad to be rich, but being rich is a bad goal."
A Higher Goal
Instead of desiring to be rich, we should set our course toward a higher goal, toward better riches. God’s word actually invites us, “to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share…” 1 Timothy 6:18
Whether you ever have great wealth or not, you have the opportunity to be rich in good works. When you make serving God and others your greatest goal, you will become rich with true riches and take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:19