From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
God does not condemn people because they are rich, nor does He justify others because they are poor. Poverty is not a virtue, nor are riches themselves sin.
Luke 18 is the famous passage about a rich man whose disobedience to God led him to reject the very thing he longed for—eternal life. People who attain great riches often trust in them more than trusting in God. This was the problem with the young man in Scripture. He sought Jesus. He came to Jesus. He even bowed before Him desperately wanting to know how to gain eternal life in Heaven. When Jesus told him to forsake all, he walked away. He did not want to give up his vast wealth in order to follow Christ to Heaven. His riches were a distraction to obeying Jesus.
This is why Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:25).
There are no rich nor poor in God’s Kingdom. The altar of God is where kings and paupers meet. The rich man must put his riches upon the altar and the poor man must put his greed upon the altar and with one voice cry out to God, “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling.”
Money with all of its advantages cannot buy everything, but Christ gave His all to save us Some of the finest Christians are people of means, but their bank accounts—like their lives—are consecrated wholly to God. All that we have ultimately has come from God, and He wants us to show generosity to others.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)