Poverty is no guarantee of Virtue

Dear friends,
I recently received a message from a viewer who declared in a nutshell, that Christians should not be wealthy.

This comment came in response to a video I had posted where I stated that the wealth of the wicked will be transferred to the righteous. 
A statement like this should hardly be controversial It is entirely scriptural, coming from the breath of the Lord, rather than personal opinion.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. – Proverbs 13:22

I don’t often respond to belligerent or combative comments online. But in this case, I decided to give my views on the topic.

I’ve seen how poverty has been unduly equated with righteousness amongst legalistic Christians, and how it can be a detriment to flowing with the Lord.

This is what I wrote. –
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job were exceedingly wealthy. 
Abraham had so much land and livestock, he is said to be the equivalent of a modern day billionaire. And this is the Father of Faith, an example to abide by. 
All the patriarchs in the Bible became wealthy as they set their eyes on God first. They were not focused on wealth but on the Lord. Wealth was just the by product of a righteous life. 

There are numerous more servants of the Lord who prospered greatly. Righteous men such as Joseph, the young Solomon, King David, King Hezekiah, to name a few.

And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels; – 2 Chronicles 32:27

King David presents a stellar example. He was a man after God’s own heart.

He was called to battle and with the Lord became victorious so that his treasury grew from these military victories. It is said that he gained wealth immeasurable. But his eyes remained on his love for the Lord.

The New Testament also gives accounts of wealthy believers who gave generously to those in need.
Cornelius the first gentile chosen to come to Christ was wealthy and highly charitable. He gained the honour of being the very first gentile convert to the faith in history!
Was his wealth & influence a detriment ? Absolutely not. Because the scriptures make clear that Cornelius was generous in alms giving. It was this fact coupled with his active prayer life are what caught the attention of the Lord. 
Dorcas, Lydia, Aquila & Priscilla and Philemon were wealthy as well. But they were set apart from the masses, in that they served the Lord with all their hearts. 
These are the righteous rich. 
They were focused on building the Kingdom of God and gave generously.

Poverty does not guarantee virtue.
It is not uncommon to find those who are destitute, engaging in sinful lives, be it addictions, deception or immorality. 
Often it’s the sin in their lives that led to poverty. 

While those who are righteous and exercise faith amidst humble beginnings , are able to climb out of poverty to live a prosperous life. Their Faith and diligence set them free from the shackles of lack.
In the words of the apostle Paul, they are prospering just as their soul prospers! 
For we must prosper in all ways in our own lives, so we can pour out and be a blessing to others. There is a purpose for wealth, to enlarge His Kingdom!

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 1:2

The believer is also called to be generous on every occasion, which implies that the righteous in Christ will be amply supplied.

King David wrote in the Psalms – “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” – Psalm 37:25

While poverty is no guarantor of righteousness. Neither does wealth certify a sinful life. 
For those who are able to exercise discipline in humility in the face of abundance, they become a force to be reckoned with.
A responsible, righteous individual who uses wealth as guided by the Lord is a powerful vehicle for His Kingdom.

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. – 2 Corinthians 9:10

Warmest Shalom
Ahava Sarah Fischer

 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?”

So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. – Acts 10:1/4

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