Who Is A Rich Man?


      We have a tendency to measure "riches" by the number of dollars a person possesses. If we see a man that has a large amount of money, property or other valuables we say -- "that man is rich!" However, a study of the Bible reveals that God evaluates riches from a different standpoint. Many people are truly rich that have very little of this world's goods.


      God's blessings add up to riches. "The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it." (Proverbs 10:22) If we enjoy God's blessings we are truly rich. Let us always remember to thank Him for blessing us.


      If righteousness is in your house you are rich. "In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but in the revenue of the wicked is trouble." (Proverbs 15:6) The righteous person enjoys true riches. Let us seek the righteousness of God and not be "self-righteous."


      A faithful man enjoys God's blessings. "A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent...He that hasteneth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him." (Proverbs 28:20-22) The truly rich person is the person that is faithful to God. Even though a man may have wealth, if he does not have God, he is poor indeed.


      What should be the Christian's attitude toward money? The answer to this question is best expressed in Proverbs 30:8-9, "Give me neither poverty nor riches -- Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, and say, 'Who is the Lord?' Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God." We would all do well to be reminded to "take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." (Luke 12:15)


      What should we do with what we have? We must meet the needs of our family and do all the good we can in sharing with others. "But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?" (1 John 3:17) If we look we will see the needs and God will bless us when we meet them.


      It is a sobering truth to realize that one day (Judgment Day) our money (possessions), how we gained those possessions and how we used them will largely determine where we will be in eternity. Think about it!


      If you are not a Christian obey the gospel of Christ now. Hear God's message (Romans 10:17), believe in Christ (John 8:24), repent of sins (Luke 13:3), confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized for remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) When you follow these instructions the Lord will save you. As a saved person serve Christ with all of your being. In Christ life can be rich, full and meaningful.


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P. O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA