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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman



Is it Wrong to Be Rich?

But 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 the
1 Timothy 6:9-10, 17
In this passage Paul corrects those who desire to be rich for selfish reasons. He condemns mammon worship. This is why he says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” It is not money itself that is evil but the love of money. The problem is not a matter of you having money but of money having you.

In verse 17 he continues to address the rich. Interestingly he does not command them to give away everything and live in poverty. Instead he tells them not to become arrogant or deceived into trusting something as unreliable as money. They are encouraged to put their trust in God. He is the One who has given the riches. And then Paul adds something that disturbs some people. He says riches are for enjoying (verse 17).

No attempt is made to make the affluent feel guilty for having riches. Instead Paul encourages them to use the money wisely, to be generous and share with others. Many churches have been built and many evangelists and missionaries sent out because believers had the means to contribute to these causes and they willingly obeyed God by passing along the blessings they had received. To prevent people from being blessed by God financially is to hinder the gospel.

The purpose of financial prosperity in these end times is, like never before in church history, to provide the means for spreading the gospel to every person on earth. The gospel must be spread to every land and nation, to people of every culture and language! And this requires financial means!


Thank You, God, for revealing Your purposes concerning financial prosperity. Do not allow me to hinder You from blessing the body of Christ, but help me to bless the world by sharing the gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.