Many people may wonder is it ok for christians to have wealth, and many who may have it, may feel guilty because they do. Some think Christians should be poor, but Jesus is our example, and it will help us to understand that if he was not poor…then there is no need for one to feel guilty because of having wealth. But on the other hand…if he “was” poor…then one should follow that example. First of all it seems funny that people in general would rather be poor than to have enough to provide for, protect and preserve their families. In fact the bible says that he that does not provide for his own house has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel (unbeliever), so it would be in direct contrast to Gods word to not have enough to provide for ones family. God does not contradict his word, Numbers 23 says that God is not a man that he should lie, or the son of man that he should repent (change his mind). The very nature of man was created to be productive and successful. People in general are always seeking ways to better themselves. If one feels as though God wants them to be poor, then it is hypocritical for that person not to commit all the way. So don’t get a job… give up your business, don’t recieve any more handouts, commit all the way, go for broke. Now you and I both know that sounds rediculous, and anyone in their right mind would never do such a thing. Now to be fair let’s look at this argument from a different perspective; some feel that having too much money can ruin them, and that is absolutely true, to a point…first of all money is neither good or bad, but money is neutral. In other words money takes on the character of the person who has it; if a person was a thief…more money makes them a bigger thief; if a person was a giver, then more money would make them a bigger giver, you see money takes on he character of the individual with it, this is why God is concerned with the character of a person. Matthew chapter 25 shows God’s measuring system for money…he that is faithful in that which is least, will also be faithful in much, in other words God will bless you with 20.00 (example) and if you do what’s right with the 20.00 then he will move you up to 200.00 and if you do the right thing with the 200.00 then he will move you to 2000.00. You see God is concerned with character, and if he can trust you and I, then the more we will have.
Was Jesus Poor?
First of all the bible says that “Jesus became poor” that we through his poverty might be rich. Notice the text says he became poor…if he became poor then he had to have had some wealth; he became poor first of all when he left heaven where streets are paved with gold and he came to earth. Earth compared to heaven is poverty. Second he became poor on the cross…Galatians 3:13-14 says Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (poverty sickness death) being made a curse for us for it is written cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. Second… Luke 2:52 says Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Jesus was not poor because Ecclesiastes 9:16b says that a poor mans wisdom is despised, and his words not heard; we know that this was not true concerning Jesus, because people came from miles around to hear him speak (sermon on the mount /Matt.5). Third …Jesus parents Mary and Joseph had money because they went to buy a room in the Inn, the only reason Jesus was born in a stable was because there was “no room in the Inn” (Luke 2:7) not that they couldn’t afford the room. Fourth… Jesus was not poor because he was given a trust fund as a child…Matthew 2:11 says , and when they were come into the house…they were no longer in the stable, some two years later they bought a home. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh. Another misconception is that tradition says there were three wise men; and it seems as though only three gifts were presented to Jesus when in fact the bible says simply “wise men”(Luke 2:7);this number could have been from two to an unlimited number. Fifth…Jesus chose twelve disciples and told them to come and follow him which made him responsible for their protection, provision, preservation. We find an example of this in Luke 9:3…when he sends them out two by two ,and he said unto them, take nothing for your journey, neither staves , nor scrip, neither bread, neither money;(they had money!) neither have two coats apiece. The disciples came back from this trip and Jesus said unto them…when I sent you without purse (money) and scrip and shoes, lacked ye anything? and they said nothing…because Jesus had enough to provide. Sixth… Jesus had many women funding his ministry…Luke 8:3 says and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. Seventh…Jesus supernaturally pays His and Peters taxes…not withstanding, lest we should offend them… (Not being able to pay your bills offends the collectors ,which is against what Jesus wants ) go thou to the sea and cast a hook and take up the fish that first cometh up: and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take: and give unto them for me and thee. These are just seven examples that biblically prove that Jesus was not poor, so lets rise, and financially take our financial place. The purpose for money can be seen in Deut.8:18 says remember the Lord thy God for it is he that gives you the power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant in the earth!