5 Important Things Every Rich Christian Should Do

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For the Christian, money is the ultimate balancing act.  To be rich is not ungodly.  To be poor is not spiritual.  But there is an ungodly way to be rich and there is a way to grow spiritually through poverty.

In a recent post I mentioned that I am a rich man when compared to those in the third world. What I did not mention (because I wanted you to struggle a little with that post) is that I don’t believe that it is a bad thing to be rich.

Through my wealth I am able to be a blessing to those around me.  I employee two people.  I provide critical transportation needs (like driving people to the hospital or providing transportation for church activities) because I own a vehicle.  My home is open for Bible studies or meals.  I don’t say this to brag, but to say that being wealthy in the presence of the poor is a blessing to both myself and the poor. 

Being rich in the presence of the poor puts me in a unique position to help, to minister, and most importantly, witness to God’s goodness. Some may be called to give up everything while others are called to use their wealth to honor God.

Money and material things are not despised in the Bible.  There are serious warnings about money, but there are also serious opportunities presented to those who have money.  One who has decided to use those resources as a faithful steward can do many great and wonderful things in their life time.

How Have You Been Blessed By Wealthy Christians?

Here’s my list of ways I’ve been (am being) blessed by rich Christians.

  • 100% of my salary comes from the freewill offering of fellow Christians.
  • I’ve been offered to use a vacation home for my family – at no cost.
  • My mortgage is 100% funded by Christian individuals (a long story for another time).
  • People have taken my family out to eat on more occasions than I can count.
  • While in college the generosity of others literally helped put food on our table. 
  • I’ve received numerous scholarships for private Christian education (funded by Christian individuals).

To be wealthy is not evil.  To be wealthy means we have been entrusted with something from God. 

When God gives us gifts I think he intends for those gifts to be a blessing.  God wants wealth to bring us joy.  When we see all we have it should remind us of how blessed we are.  Appreciation and thanksgiving for each blessing is a much healthier response than guilt.  For when we are guilty we cannot enjoy the gift God has given.  While wealth can draw us away from God, through thanksgiving it can also enhance our relationship with God.

5 Things Every Rich Christians Should Do

This list includes the things I think are necessary of every rich Christian.  If you have wealth, but one of these things is missing in your life, I’d encourage you to find away to incorporate it into your life.

  1. Rich Christians must acknowledge God as the Source of wealth.

    When I look around at all of the many things I own it increases my appreciation.  I am thankful and humbled in the presence of God.  Each day before my family eats we thank God for the meal.  In our prayers, we acknowledge that all we have is a gift from God because ultimately God is the source of every blessing we enjoy.

  2. Rich Christians should give God absolute ownership. 

    Though the bank account might have my name, I know the money is not my own.  I am a steward put in a position to administer God’s funds.  As a wealthy person I must seek God’s plan and purpose for my own money. 

  3. Rich Christians use their position and influence for the kingdom.

    God’s kingdom can be glorified through doctors, lawyers, and engineers who seek to use not just their money, but also their skills and gifts for the sake of others.  One rich man I know teaches business courses overseas and another does surgeries overseas.  They use their position and influence for the good of God’s kingdom. 

  4. Rich Christians give generously from a genuine heart.

    Barnabas graciously sold a field and laid the money at the feet of the apostles (Acts 4:36-37).  The church in Philippi sent money to help Paul, the missionary (Phil. 4:14-18).  Apphia and Archippus who opened their home for church meetings (Philemon 2).

  5. Rich Christians always give priority to people over things.

    The Godly rich will never earn money at the expense of others.  They will never seek to get things at the expense of others.  There may be a way to earn more money, but if it doesn’t honor people, it is not worth considering.  As such, the godly rich do not discriminate against the poor (James 2:3-4).

  6. I struggle with this one because living overseas I’ve come to realize that I get attached to my stuff.  When someone loses something that belongs to me, I take it personally as though they have done something against me.  Slowly, I’m learning the lesson that people are more important than things. 

If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset, because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate. (Exodus 22:26-27 NIV)

To be rich is not evil, but to be rich without sensing a deep responsibility can be a very dangerous thing. 

What ways has your life been blessed by wealthy Christians?  What other critical traits would you add to this list?

Comments

  1. Scott Ferguson says

    Great post, Craig. As one who has spent 15 years working as a fundraiser for charity, I find I often have to defend the rich to others (particularly middle class folks who are often envious, therefore they judge). I have been so blessed to work with many of these people not only on their philanthropy with the organizations I have represented, but their lifestyle of helping people, organizations, opening their homes, etc. just as you described. We are all rich. It is just a matter of how many zeros we have at the end of the number. What do we EACH do with what we have been blessed?

    • Craig says

      @Scott
      Thanks for sharing your unique perspective. I think the key is for all of us is to ask God how we can use what WE have to honor God. That seems like a much better idea than thinking about how THEY should use what THEY have.

    • Craig says

      @Jason
      I think your right about the importance of the source of our blessing. Just yesterday I was looking around my house and I though to myself – God has been so good to me. Then I realized that some people don’t credit God for what they have.

  2. says

    Craig,
    Thanks for once again helping us keep our focus and priorities in line. I too am rich, and I believe that God wants me to feel positive about my wealth. Following these five steps will honor God, keep me humble and (Step 1) never let me forget that God is my ultimate source.
    .-= Joe Plemon´s last blog ..Love and Money =-.

    • Craig says

      @oregonsun
      Thanks so much for you comment. I also agree that your attitude is so important when it comes to getting out of debt.

  3. Ken says

    I know this is a long shot but have no other choice than to ask and hope for the best.

    My name is Ken and I am the father of a beautiful little girl the only problem is we both have a condition called ectodermal Dysplasia. Being I was taking the time off to help her and my sick mother with cancer I lost my job. I have nothing to my name and living in a car 95% of the time, this is true and not a joke and/or a scam. I have basically given up. This is my last chance by emailing you or else I will give up the hope that there is anyone decent in this world anymore.

    We need financial help and a mentor. I would also like to better myself for her and to make it easier for me to find a job down the line. With my condition it is hard cause a lot of people don’t give me the chance or they just look at me like a freak.

    I have been abandoned all my life from since I was a baby. I was adopted then as soon as I was grown up I was thrown to the curb. The only blood I know of is my little girl Mandy. I love her with all my heart and will do anything in my power to make sure she will be ok financially as well as loved.

    I am begging of you please to give me the chance and get back to me so I can prove everything to you is the truth and maybe just maybe my prayers can be answered. You will never regret helping us that I can assure you. I need the chance to get back on my feet for my daughter. Without her I am nothing. Being I have no regular place to go to also I can not have my daughter with me and can only see her for a short time. I need that to change.

    Please I will even work it off in any way possible. Just please help me financially and by being a mentor. I beg of you.

    God Bless and hope I hear from you.

    I will then give you any info you need. I am very serious and can prove anything.

  4. Jeff Meloche says

    Hello Craig,

    I read that you recieved scholarships for schooling. My wife is currently enrolled in a bible college that is not accredited. I am looking for places to contact for financial help. Could you direct me to where we could go. We really do not want to go into debt for this. Our future plans are to go to Africa and start a school. I am currently in Environmental Engineering that is totally paid for, but our income is not all that high. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Jeff

    • says

      Jeff,
      Thanks for visiting MH4C and leaving a comment. All my scholarships came directly through the school where I attended. The admissions adviser just told me which I could apply for. I know that is not much help for you. I’d suggest trying to Google something, but you’ll probably not be eligible for a Bible college that is not accredited. Instead you might contact churches or Christians you know to see if they might sponsor you.

  5. DAVE says

    Hello Craig. My name is Dave and i am 25 happliy married man of God and I just want to say we like the article and keep up the good work. Stay encouraged God is doing some awesome things for my wife and i even in the midst of our famine we stay strong because we know he has more. we also look foward to becomming wealthy balanced christians too someday soon. maybe one day we can exchange testimonies on what we had to go through to recieve such blessings. well stay bless and talk to you soon.

  6. says

    MARTHATEKLU from ethiopia
    Thanks for once again helping us keep our focus and priorities in line. I too am rich, and I believe that God wants me to feel positive about my wealth. Following these five steps will honor God, keep me humble and (Step 1) never let me forget that God is my ultimate source

    God blees you

    • Ken says

      My name is Ken and we are suffering from a disease that is not good at all. We are suffering financially and soon will be on the street. But no matter what Jesus is in my heart and I pray every day things will change. I know deep down inside an Angel will be brought to us to offer any support they can. I just hope and pray some day soon. God bless you and hope all is well.

  7. Cleopatra Fitzgerald says

    Splendid explication Craig. The article demonstrates how wealth can be put to good
    use by the wealthy who have a caring heart or are able to assist others. The wealthy
    have their own financial (expenditure) issues just like everyone else. It is wrong when persons are quick to judge others when they do not have the real facts. Nonetheless,
    persons can find fault with the wealthy for varied reasons: they might be ignorant, be pessimists, or hateful, envious, have differing perspectives, different upbringing,norms,
    culture, religion, country’s laws, education,etc. There will always be critics and no one can please all at the same time. God created all of us for a reason and even though we are equal we are yet different. We all have the right to contribute to our planet since we are the children of God.
    “Both low and high, rich and poor, together.”
    ~Psalm 49:2

    God bless you
    all!

  8. says

    Craig, I was impressed with your attempt to cover the topic because, I see this as an eternal struggle for Christians. Should we pursue wealth and if so, how should we handle it once we have it? Yet, I was quite surprised when I read your list of five things. No where in your article did ever mention Tithing – at all. Yes, the Bible is quite specific about matters when it comes to wealth and money and one thing that there is no mistaking is the Tithe.

    MAL 3:8 – Breaking Covenant by Withholding Tithes –
    “I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse–your whole nation–because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the LORD Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.

    So, even though your intent may start out good, you need to give back to God a minimum of ten percent of everything that he has given to you. Remember, just as important, is that you cannot become attached to your wealth because as referenced below in Matthew, as Godly a life as you may lead, you’re not going to Heaven unless you are willing to part with it and wealthy people often choose money over God.

    MAT 19:16-24 – The Rich and the Kingdom of God –
    16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
    17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
    18 “Which ones?” he inquired.
    Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,
    19 honor your father and mother,’[a] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
    20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
    21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
    22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
    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.
    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.”

    So, Craig, as much as I appreciated your attempt and wish that it were that simple. Dealing with wealth and remaining a good Christian is truly a balancing act. Fortunately for me, I am currently unemployed and have have no extra money so, I don’t have to worry about this. However, I am blessed for the things that I do have and when God helps me back to me feet and if he sees fit to entrust me with wealth, I will be on the right track to handle it in a manner that is pleasing to him. Thank for the article.

    Take care and good luck.
    Jim

    • says

      Jim,
      Good catch. I’m surprised I didn’t mention anything about giving :). I guess that is the overall theme of the blog so I didn’t specifically mention it in this post.

  9. Arno says

    Thanks for the article. We’ve got robbed (broke into our house while we were not there) a few weeks ago. They stole about everything in our house and our two cars. I’ve always said everything belongs to God, but I cant help being hart broken of all my stuff that is gone and I am actually depressed the last few weeks. They stole my dad’s bakkie that I inherited that reminded me of my dad everytime I got into the bakkie and now it is just gone and they stole so many sentimental stuff. I’ve never in my life been reminded so hard and clear that all materialistic things are temporary. I’ve spent so much time on the bakkie and on some of the things they’ve stolen that it feels like I’ve been robbed of many many many hours of my life for today it is gone and I have nothing to show for it. I feel like I dont even want to buy anything again or spend time caring for anything because it can just be taken away from me again. I dont know anymore where is the line between being a good stewardship of things and enjoying things God give us and being materialistic. I read in the Bible that you must gather your treasures in heaven where thieves cant steel it (Math 6:20) but I dont fully understand it, should I take all the insurance money and give it to the poor or am I allowed to buy and new computer and try to honour God with it (I dont know even how to do that). I’ve never been so humbled and confused in my life. But thanks for your post, it helps me understand that I dont have to feel guilty if I replace some of the things that was stolen. And I am buying your book (as soon as I’ve bought a Kindle e-reader again) to try and make sense of all these things in my head.

  10. says

    I am a (39) year old man recently married (2)weeks ago my name is David my wifes name is Becky she has(2) daughters from her first marriage (9)&(12) . I own a business called cornerstone services in conneautville pa . We do outdoor service work I.e. landscaping , roof cleaning ,powerwashing etc. the name cornerstone references Christ. My business is failing miserably , my account is in the negative . I have run out of savings , all of my advertising hasn’t seem to pan out . I literally have no gas to even drive my truck today. I could really use some advice prayer etc. especially from older wise Christians who have struggled early on in business . In Christ our risen savior David

  11. says

    I think #4Rich Christians give generously from a genuine heart really helps put God at the forefront. When you give, you understand that God is your Master and that money doesn’t control you.

  12. Dave says

    Hello Craig I am back to report to you on my story. It has been a long journey since I last commented. Since then my wife and I have become a much stronger couple. We have a greater perspective of wealth now. In fact we have several inventions waiting to be licensed. God has revealed to us the things that he has for my wife and I to do. We look forward to being givers while at the same time receiving the gifts that God has and will bless us with. We learned that there is nothing wrong with being wealthy as long as God is first in your life. People confuse being wealthy with being evil and think being poor is the way to go. I feel if you’re poor or rich if you’re not serving God either way then what’s the difference? Overall I look forward in connecting with you and having you to read my blogs and articles one day soon. Thanks for the encouragement and teachings.

    David

  13. justin ojirika says

    Thank you for your teaching and enlightenment. If truely we apply these principles, the world would be a better place. Being rich is a good thing and a blessing from God. The world we are in to today is a world that makes one crazy for money. Some christians have lost focus on the reality and have gone the other way round. May the Almighty God have mercy on all of us.

  14. Anne says

    I randomly stumbled on your bog post, and I found your article very insightful. I am a daughter of missionaries, and I grew up over seas. Your points don’t just apply to people with a big chunk in the bank, but to everyone. Whatever we have, we should acknowledge the one who gave it to us, and use it for his kingdom. Just like the parable of the talents. Some of the servants were entrusted with more than others, but they all had to report what they did with it at the end. What ever success someone has in life, whether it be in the form of money, or any other form, God gave it to us for a reason. Whatever we have, we must be willing to surrender it to God, even if its just a penny, like the widow in Luke who gave all she had. It’s God who gives us what we have. I may have the ability to paint pictures, but it is God who gave me that talent, its not mine. I may be able to lead Bible studies, but its not me, God gave the talent to me. I may have a knack at foreign languages, but its something God gave me. Nothing anyone has should be taken for granted or abused. God gave it for a reason, and at the end he will ask what we did with the “talents” allotted to us, and i sure do not want to be the wicked servant who buried and did nothing with his talents. I have been given so much, a loving family and experiences most people my age have not even dreamed about. I do not know what God has in store for me, but i know if i trust him fully, and give him everything i have, he will use me in big ways.

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