Do “wealth” and “Christian” contradict each other? In 1 Corinthians 4:8-11, Paul seems critical of wealthy Corinthian Christians. “Now ye are full, now ye are rich… we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place.”
We know there is only one God in the Bible. Why does He seem to bless his Old Testament servants (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon, Job) with material prosperity as a reward for their faithfulness, but Christians are considered stronger in their faith if they live with less?
In Mark 10:21 Jesus told the wealthy young man, “…go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” In Mark 10:24 He further stated, “…how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!”
Israel is God’s covenant nation. They were given a rich land to possess in exchange for their faithfulness. They were to safeguard His laws and bring forth His Messiah. Although Scripture testifies to their failures, they did succeed in bringing to the world both the Bible and Jesus. But they were not evangelistic. You either were born into the house of Jacob, or you were not. God discouraged the Israelites from mingling with the nations as they tended to adopt heathen customs, especially idol-worship.
After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the world entered into what many call “The Age of the Gentiles”. God’s church today is not bound to one biological family. It is a spiritual family that includes anyone who believes. And members are instructed to gather in more. In Mark 16:15-16 Jesus told his disciples, “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
In Luke 12:48 (although he was not specifically referring to wealth), Jesus said, “…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required….”
Christians with wealth are required to do more with their resources. Filling the garage with vintage Mustangs won’t pass the test at the judgment seat of Christ. But wealth-fueled labor intended to bring others into God’s family will be preserved as fine gold.
Money Help for Christians: 5 Important Things Every Rich Christian Should Do http://moneyhelpforchristians.com/5-important-things-every-rich-christian-should-do/
Relevant: Should Christians Be Rich? http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/should-christians-be-rich