The Bible has so much to say about money…thousands of verses, with a myriad of instructions. It is crystal clear that God knew we would twist and turn money into all types of idols and that this money worship would cause all sorts of heartache.
“Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in the living God who always richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven—it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19, TLB)
So, how do we know if this applies to us? In the US, the top 1% in net worth is $10 million-plus*. This is the context that we think about the most. We compare ourselves to our peers or those we see on the screens of our multiple devices, but globally the picture is far different. If you earn $32,400 a year, you are in the top 1% as an earner**. This means if you are reading this, odds are you are in the top 1%.
Now, what does this mean to us? God never condemns anyone for being rich. In fact, money, like all resources, is a blessing! He gives us resources for us to invest in both growth and generosity.
2 Corinthians 9:10 says this best: For God, who gives seed to the farmer to plant, and later on good crops to harvest and eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest. (TLB)
This result is us having an abundance for our blessing, and for others to be blessed through us, and then all of us thanking God because of it.