“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.” (1 Timothy 6:17, NIV)


The Church often implies, perhaps unintentionally, that God despises rich people and that success is something Christians don’t handle very well. As part of the Church, we should correct this type of teaching.

There are dangers that result from the improper handling of wealth. Jesus did not approve of the rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and refused to share with Lazarus (see Luke 16:19-31). Paul admonished wealthy Christians not to put their hope in riches but to be generous and ready to share (see 1 Timothy 6:17-19). James rebuked greedy rich people who sat on their wealth while their workers’ wages went unpaid (see James 5:1-6). But these cases do not condemn rich people – they simply point out that their wealth has been mishandled.

So how does God feel about the rich?

The Bible unequivocally declares, God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV) The two words “world” and “whoever” are inclusive. God loves everybody and does not discriminate against anyone based on race, gender, or social status.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the social divide between the rich and the poor, the Church often exhibits a negative bias toward the rich. This is clearly seen in missionary priorities. The church that sends missionaries to a tiny group in the Dominican Republic will rarely consider sending missionaries to the thousands of “lost souls” living in Monaco, Sweden, or even Beverly Hills. This has resulted in a faulty set of priorities, because people in wealthy nations are just as lost as those living in the Third World.

As “missionaries” in the workplace, we need to be more like Jesus. We need to be a friend to everyone, wealthy and destitute alike. It’s important that we keep an open mind – we shouldn’t discriminate! We need to be ready to share Christ’s love with anyone who needs us!

John 3_16

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8 Comments on “GOD LOVES THE RICH!”

  1. Very well said!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. May I also, include sexual orientation, although most religions and beliefs put many to shame, I once lived under the label of lesbian. However, since the house I once lived in was washed away and God entered my life I wait patiently for the mate that God so lovingly provides. I do not go out in search of a person to love me or to love. I am loved by my Father in Heaven, and I to love my family in the world rich or poor in spirit or riches. It was love that first opened my hearts door as my world began to change, It was God who it opened fully for me to see. I so much enjoy reading the posts here at “Working For Christ”, you are very wealthy.


    • Dave Boller Says:

      Thank you so much! Our Savior does not play favorites. We all belong to His Kingdom. It is LOVE that Jesus taught and it is LOVE that keeps us pressing forward. God bless you! Thanks for allowing “Working for Christ” into your life. I am truly blessed and, yes, I feel extremely “wealthy”! Take care. 🙂


  3. Reblogged this on khrystleraineduste and commented:
    So true; so true…


  4. Di Wang Says:

    As long as we give to the Lord the tithes when we receive in wage as a hired labourer is ok.


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