There will be plenty of riches and wealth to be found in Heaven. Precious stones are everywhere. Streets are made of gold. The walls of Heaven are constructed out of Jasper stone. It will no doubt be a sight to behold. Imagine how bright the Son will reflect off the gold streets. Imagine how the various stones will sparkle and shine in so many different colors. There will be no way to put a monetary value on the net worth of Heaven.
Now we can have riches and material wealth in this life IF God wants us to have those things…and on His terms…just read Malachi 3:10-11 and see for yourself. God is not opposed to giving us material wealth. In Job 1:3 we can estimate that his net worth was in the tens of millions of dollars. Solomon was easily worth in the billions with all he possessed (1st Kings 3:10-13). Abraham was also worth in the millions when you estimate what he owned in Genesis 13:2. But here’s the thing with each of these men. God provided those riches, and they were all faithful and humble people. Job and Abraham were certainly faithful, and Solomon was humble enough to ask for wisdom in lieu of riches when God offered to give him anything he wanted.
Now, the blessings in Heaven are all to the ultimate degree, but we can experience a taste of those blessings here in our homes today. As we reach a point where we crave those blessings, and then begin to receive them, they should make us yearn for Heaven one day, while doing what we can to achieve greater blessings in this life, thus giving us a taste of what Heaven will be like, while we are still alive on this earth. But the most important element to obtaining financial and material blessings here on this earth is to have the proper perspective, and then take the proper posture with regards to riches and wealth here and now.
I believe the proper posture to take with respect to material wealth, and earthly riches, is to not seek them at all. First Timothy 6:10 states, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” The Bible is VERY clear in this one verse alone. If we deliberately seek after money (as a result of coveting after money), we will find ourselves doing and being what we never dreamed of doing and being. For instance, deciding to work extra hours at work for money may eventually take you away from church. It may take you away from spending time with your family. Fellowship with believers and worshipping God, as well as developing and fostering relationships with family members will be put on the back burner while we pursue wealth…all because we love money too much. Imagine working extra hours to buy a boat. You maybe skipped church once or twice at least, to work extra shifts to save up enough money to buy the boat. Now that you have the boat, and you work 40+ hours per week, the only day you really have to enjoy the boat is on Sunday. So you skip church again to go riding on the boat. Until one day, your youngest child falls off the boat and drowns. Your riches (the boat) have now pierced you with many sorrows over the death of your child. Is pursuing wealth worth that? Is that what you want? Chastisement? Or do you want blessings?
In Ezekiel 7:19-27, the people who had riches or who sought after them, began on the road to compromising on morals and values. These Israelites had too much focus on money, silver and gold (vs 19) and began fashioning idols. In the end, though they tried, they could not spend their way out of God’s wrath, “they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it (silver and gold) is the stumbling block of their iniquity.” Because of their moral decline through their love of money, God allowed strangers (Babylonians) to possess the riches of Israel, and defile and plunder the holy temple. I’m sure that pierced the hearts of many an Israelite. So the point to get in all of this is simply to not deliberately seek after wealth, or God may just cause it to go to others because of your moral decline and refusal to deal with your sins appropriately.
Here’s the right way to look at material wealth, and begin moving toward spiritual blessings to be enjoyed. Revelation 21:21 reads, “…and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.” We will be walking on gold in Heaven the way we walk on asphalt here on Earth. In Heaven, we will have dominion over riches. That’s a picture of how God Himself views us…as more precious than every conceivable form of riches. Don’t forget, man was made after all else was made, including gold, silver, precious stones, etc. Yet the Bible says that we were created for God’s pleasure (Revelation 4:11). Since all these precious things were created by God before man was created, it stands to reason that God did not get the pleasure He desired out of those things. So God created man, with more value and worth than all the wealth God had previously created. So we were created above all wealth and riches, so let’s demonstrate that in how we live. Let’s strive to have dominion over riches in THIS life.
Do you want the blessings of God to pour down upon your family? Try controlling your selfishness and materialism. “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection…” (1st Corinthians 9:27). Your flesh is going to want things. Your flesh is going to covet. Your flesh is going to cry out for “toys.” The first step in exercising dominion over wealth is to control your flesh. Don’t be afraid to tell it “no.” Because the Bible reveals the fact that to give in to the flesh and commit selfish deeds, you run the risk of hurting yourself and your family, both spiritually and physically. “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die (physically or spiritually) but if ye, through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (physically and spiritually)” (Romans 8:12-13). So the promise is clear. If we control selfish desires and thus avoid committing selfish deeds, we will live (enjoy the blessings of God). But seeking after our selfish desires, and doing selfish deeds, can kill a family slowly but surely over time. Namely the relationships we are supposed to enjoy between spouses, siblings, and parents may not be what they could be, and thus our family as a whole won’t be what it could be…and that’s chastisement…the opposite of the blessings we should be striving for.
If we continue studying Revelation, we find out why it is that God wants us to have dominion over materialism and restraint in committing selfish deeds. There is a significance to the description of Heaven in Revelation 21:19-20. Here we see that there are twelve foundations upon which the walls of the city were built. We must understand that whatever resources God gives to our families, it is for the primary purpose of building a solid foundation upon which to build your family. Fancy cars are one thing,
but so many families have “nice things” and then say they would send their children to Christian schools “if they had the money.” Really? In 1st Samuel 3:1 it describes a time when the Word of the Lord was “precious.” Do you study your Bible to learn what God would have you to do as a husband, father, mother, child, wife, etc. Proverbs 3:11 and Proverbs 8:11 reveal that the wisdom contained in God’s Word are more precious than rubies. Build your home upon the sure foundation of God’s Word, just like the man in Matthew 7:24-25…and take the time to teach your children too.
Also, unselfishly use the resources God gave you to help other people. “For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others” (Psalm 49:10). Fools and brutish people hoard up their money until they die, and then it is of no use to them. That is not said of the wise man, as this person may have given away much of his wealth to the Lord’s work while he was alive…denying the flesh and avoiding selfish deeds. The virtuous woman in Proverbs 30 extended a hand to the poor and was greatly blessed materially, with a good reputation, a loving husband, and well adjusted and well behaved children, etc. You want proof that God will bless us if we share our resources with the poor? Consider this verse, “He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor” (Proverbs 22:9). A proper relationship with our money and other material riches will lead God to bless us! That is, after all, the whole point to experiencing Heaven in our homes. We want a taste of those Heavenly blessings here on Earth.
A former pastor of mine, Harry Boyle, who has since gone Home, used to say this all the time… “Give…to get more…to give more.” That sums up the attitude needed toward riches and material wealth on this Earth. God can make us rich if He wants to, but to be wealthy shouldn’t be our aim. I dare say that God will not make any of us rich unless He sees within us an understanding that with riches comes a great responsibility. That responsibility is two-fold. First, we must control our selfish desires and resist committing selfish deeds. The second is that once we have learned to deny our selfish desires and deeds, we are then free to use God’s resources to help build a solid foundation for our family, and to help others in need. If our desire to help others is genuine and sincere, and is limitless, God can keep on blessing you with more and more
riches and wealth to help more and more people. Then, according to Proverbs 22:9, we will be blessed…and that’s what we want in the end…a blessed family.