Bible Study Outline on True Wealth
True wealth according to the biblical view is the riches that you accumulate in heaven. Luke 12:13-21 records a farmer who had plenty of harvest but his current barn is too small to store the crops. Then, he decided to tear down his barns to build bigger ones. In this way, he will be able to lay up the grain for many years and live life easily. But God rebuked him for being foolish as he did not know that he will die this night so no one will get what he has prepared for himself.
There are two kinds of riches including material wealth which you can accumulate on earth and heavenly wealth. Jesus warns us to be on our guard against the love of earthly wealth and materialism. We must not be greedy and covet after these material wealth as those who love money will not be able to put God first in their love. Jesus said we could only be devoted to one master. If you are devoted to God, whatever that you do must be for God.
Matthew 6:33 states that we are to seek God and put him first and then everything else that we need will be added unto us. To put God first means to seek God in prayer for everything. Matthew 7:7 states that we should ask God before we can receive anything from him. Therefore, if you want something, you should place your request in a prayer to God. After praying, you must have faith and not doubt in God. You should continue to pray, read the bible, worship god, go to church and serve God even though you are facing a problem. When you do this, you will have a good testimony of Jesus Christ in your life.
God wants us to live by faith in everything we do. Everything that we do must bring glory to God. This include your lifestyle, career, money, marriage, family and etc. We are to abstain ourselves from all kinds of worldly things and practices. If you want to have wealth in heaven, you must make sure you obey the two greatest commandment in the bible which are to love God with all your heart and to love others as much as yourself. This is because all commandments hang on these two commandments. When you do God’s work, make sure that you don’t do to show the public as you will not be rewarded in heaven for doing so.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 KJV)
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17 KJV)
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV)
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:17-22 KJV)