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Riches, believers’ attitudes towards

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God entrusts some of his people with material wealth. If this is to be a blessing, it must be used in God-honouring ways.

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Believers may be blessed with riches

Riches can be a blessing from God

1 Chronicles 29:16 ESV
O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.
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Poverty is no certain mark of God’s disfavour:

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The attitude of believers towards riches

They acknowledge that their riches come from God

1 Chronicles 29:12 ESV
Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
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They devote their riches to God’s service

Proverbs 3:9–10 ESV
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
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They support gospel work and workers

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They give to the poor

1 John 3:17 ESV
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
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They are generous

1 Timothy 6:18 ESV
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
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They remain humble

James 1:10–11 ESV
and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

They do not trust in riches

1 Timothy 6:17 ESV
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
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They do not set their heart on riches

Psalm 62:10 ESV
Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
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Believers value heavenly riches most

Matthew 6:20–21 ESV
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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Examples of rich believers

Abraham

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Solomon

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Hezekiah

2 Chronicles 32:27–29 ESV
And Hezekiah had very great riches and honor, and he made for himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of costly vessels; storehouses also for the yield of grain, wine, and oil; and stalls for all kinds of cattle, and sheepfolds. He likewise provided cities for himself, and flocks and herds in abundance, for God had given him very great possessions.

Job

Job 1:1–3 ESV
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

Joseph of Arimathea

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