Well that's not actually what the Bible says about money and riches... so here is a collection of verses to see what it does say. I've limited myself to the New Testament because you and I are busy people.... there's money to be made!

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Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Matthew 20:15

Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

Matthew 21:12

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.

Luke 3:14

Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

Luke 16:13

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Luke 16:14

The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.

John 12:6

He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

Acts 4:34

...that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales

Acts 5:2

With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 5:4

Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”

Acts 8:18

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money

Acts 8:20

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!

Acts 16:19

When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.

1 Corinthians 16:2

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

1 Timothy 3:3

...not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

2 Timothy 3:2

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

Hebrews 13:5

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

James 4:13

[ Boasting About Tomorrow ] Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”

Matthew 19:23

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:24

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Mark 10:23

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

Mark 10:25

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Luke 1:53

He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the richaway empty.

Luke 6:24

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.

Luke 8:14

The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.

Luke 12:21

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 14:12

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.

Luke 16:11

So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Luke 16:19

[ The Rich Man and Lazarus ] “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.

Luke 18:24

Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!

Luke 18:25

Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

1 Timothy 6:9

Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

1 Timothy 6:17

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Timothy 6:18

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

James 1:10

But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.

James 1:11

For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

James 2:5

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

James 2:6

But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?

James 5:1

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you.

Matthew 13:22

The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Mark 4:19

but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Mark 10:22

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Luke 15:13

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

Luke 16:9

I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Luke 18:23

When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.

Luke 21:4

All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

James 5:2

Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.

James 5:3

Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.

So here's the rub. If you search on the words money, rich(es) or wealth in the New Testament I think it's safe to say that there are pretty much no positive references, other than to the idea of giving it away for the benefit of others and the gospel. At the same time there are innumerable warnings about the danger of money and wealth.

So having a well paid job in one of the wealthiest countries of the world, I need to be actively thinking through how to be far more generous than I am. Because I know the God who has lavished riches on me in Christ.

What about you?

 

 

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