1 Timothy 6:6-10 - Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 - Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant or 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. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up for themselves a firm foundation for the coming age, gaining the life that is truly life.
Is it OK for a Christian to be rich? If you ask your fellow believers this question you are likely to get a variety of responses, and usually each response is directly related to whether or not the person responding is rich—or wants to be rich! Many (but not all) rich Christians tend to justify their wealth, and many (but not all) not-so-wealthy Christians tend to judge the rich. Well, what is the Bible’s position on rich and would-be rich Christians? 1 Timothy 6 gives us the answer. It’s a two-part answer: one part is for Christians who want to be rich, and the other part for those who are already rich. It’s as if the answer was on two sides of the same coin. On one side of the coin the message for the would-be wealthy Christian is “Don’t lust after me!” On the other side of the coin the message for the already-rich Christian is “Don’t hoard me!”