What's the point of being rich?

The pursuit of wealth is a common goal in today's society, and many people believe that being rich is the key to happiness and success. However, the Bible offers a more complex view of wealth and material possessions.

One of the most famous teachings on this topic is found in Matthew 6:19-21, which says, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

This verse suggests that material possessions are fleeting and ultimately unimportant, and that true riches are found in spiritual pursuits. It reminds us that a focus on wealth and possessions can distract us from the more important things in life, like our relationships with God and other people.

At the same time, the Bible also teaches us to be good stewards of our resources and to use our wealth for the benefit of others. In 1 Timothy 6:17-19, we read, "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. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."

This passage encourages us to use our wealth for the benefit of others and to be generous and compassionate, rather than selfish and greedy. It reminds us that the true point of being rich is not to accumulate material possessions, but to use our resources to make a positive impact on the world.

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Jamie Larson