If God is rich, why are there many poor Christians?
Religious people are the world’s poorest
In the USA, less religious “liberal states” that are highly pro-LGBTQ and pro-abortion have higher average household incomes as compared to primarily religious “conservative states.” Why would God restrict Christians from becoming rich?
Five reasons why you don’t have enough money
1. Because God wants you to delight in Him—first!
Many people turn to Christ for the wrong reasons. If you are in a financial rut, instead of asking for money, ask for a humble heart that pleases Him (Proverbs 17:3-13). God takes care of His children, but He also disciplines them.
- Humility empties one’s heart for God to fill (Psalm 4:7).
- Humility is also the fear (awe) of the Lord. It means we acknowledge that He alone has sovereignty in our lives.
- Jesus’ most important example was to live humbly, and so must we.
Remember, we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7), and God rewards
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
2. Because you cannot serve two masters
Jesus said we must work for riches in heaven rather than on earth, but it does not mean that Christians should not strive to work hard to gain wealth.
Wealth can be used to spread God’s kingdom and support churches and pastors. Therefore, the problem is when the love of money, success, or fame takes precedence over our love for God.
Jesus used the Pharisees to show that even God’s servants can be blinded and neglect why they were called to ministry to begin with.
We cannot serve two masters. Instead, we should focus on things above, not earthly pursuits (1 Peter 1:13; Colossians 3:2).
“Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. Wealth disappears in the blink of an eye, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.”
3. Because Jesus never promised wealth
Jesus never promised wealth, but Satan did if He worshiped him. As Christians, we seek God not to be rich but to worship and inherit His kingdom. But it doesn’t mean money or success is elusive. Rather, God gives according to what we need and deserve.
The Bible also doesn’t romanticize poverty and stresses the importance of sharing, compassion, and generosity in the community of God. We bear fruit and shine for God’s glory. This is where true richness in Christ is.
The promises of Jesus are eternal life, forgiveness, peace, comfort, and life to the fullest. Alongside may be trials, but He promised never to leave nor forsake us.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
4. Because God gives wealth for the right reasons
Tithing carries with it a promise that we will have our full and not be hungry or needy. But money doesn’t grow on trees; we still have to work and not be lazy.
God rewards man according to what his deeds deserve. Therefore, the key to wealth is always hard work and perseverance—NOT to “claim or name it.”
When we are ready to use wealth for kingdom-building and helping others, money will come when we least want it for ourselves.
“I, the Lord, search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways and the fruit of his deeds.”
5. Because you are not ready
People get rich for four reasons: They inherit money, work hard, or steal. However, God also gives wealth freely without asking and without hard work.
Abraham and Job were blessed abundantly. So were David and Solomon, even though these men would fail at some point. The point is that man’s nature is sinful, and if we are not ready, wealth may bring forth destruction rather than fruitfulness.
God has a purpose for distributing wealth, and it comes with a condition: To those who are given much, much is expected; therefore, wealth should always be used for God’s glory.
“Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”
manaccording to what his deeds deserve.