by Kevin Rutherford
Some of the spiritual giants of the Bible were men of great physical wealth.† Abraham, Job, and David were all wealthy men.† Abrahamís great faith is spoken of as an example for us (Romans 4; James -26).† David is referred to as a man after Godís own heart (Acts ).† Many admire the perseverance of Job (Job ).† Clearly, one can be spiritually strong and materially blessed at the same time.
While wealth does not corrupt all people, wealth does corrupt some. Wealth corrupts those who are materialistic and covetous.† Those who put the acquisition of material things first in their lives will suffer.† Christians who place financial matters before God will fall.† Paul said, ďBut those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:9,10).Ē
Keep your priorities straight.† If you are wealthy, thank God for your wealth, use it wisely, and always put God first (1 Timothy -19).