I have a warning for the wealthy. But it is not my warning. It is the Lord’s. A number of times in the Bible, the Lord issues warnings to those with earthly riches. Warnings about what happens when we get caught up in material wealth and become consumed with money and possessions and are lovers of money and pleasure more than lovers of Jesus. We can find ourselves seduced by money and stuff and entrapped in consumerism, materialism, and commercialism. In bondage to wealth. Yes, enslaved to matters of money. Greedy, lusting after fleeting pleasures and worldly treasures. All ephemeral. Short-lived. All of it will one day be gone. We are to live for the Lord according to His will for our lives not for self and for money to satisfy the material lusts of our flesh.
Please go before the Lord, seek Him, seek His will for you, ask Him if there is anything in your life concerning money and possessions etc. that He wants you to let go, turn away from, handle differently, give away, reduce, use differently, etc. And obey Him no matter what He speaks to your heart. Please read the following verses and see how He might use them to speak to your heart. And consider reading Revelation chapter 18 in the Bible which to me is an amazingly eye-opening and heart-wrenching part of the Bible that brings to light the awfulness of what will happen to those caught up in money and materialism instead of in Christ!
Lord, the temptation to lust after money and possessions and pleasure in this life seems never ending, and the actual temptations seem like they are becoming more and more and more. But you are bigger and greater and more-powerful than it all, and you can turn us away from it all and turn us to you. Lord, I thank you for setting me free from being materialistic and for showing me a simple life with my focus on you and your will for me is so indescribably better, more rewarding, and yes, richer. So very rich, so very abundant, so very wonderful and pleasurable and satisfying it is, Lord, to be caught up in you rather than in the fleeting pleasures of this life. Please God, set free any and all readers from lusting after money and pleasure and material stuff and anything at all you want them free from. Draw us all closer and closer to yourself. Thank you, Lord, AMEN!
“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” Revelation 3:17-19
“And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?” But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”” Luke 18:24-27
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
“Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.” James 1:9-11
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19