Too Rich for Heaven


How much money is too much?

While most people are not rich, many are middle class or lower middle class, trying to save for their future.

To the modern society, having a retirement account is a necessity, in case social security does not pay enough, and to the modern church, money is a blessing.

Jesus said it is very hard, or impossible, for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[e] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Luke 12

15 Then he [Jesus] said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.

17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.

19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”


So what is the cut off between smart savings, retirement accounts, and having too much to qualify for heaven?


Personally, I thought I might have had “too much,” until I got laid off before I retired.

If I had not had my savings, I would have been lost.

And even now, I have current financial burdens that require sums of money I had never imagined.

And if I had given all my money to the poor, trying to be a “kingdom person,” I would have ended up poor and in trouble myself.

One never knows what financial emergency is around each corner, and so how do we predict what to hold onto, and what to give away, because it is “too much?”

And now we have news of imminent financial collapse of society. So what do we do now? How much do we give away, and how much do we hold onto?

This may seem like an odd concern, when most people are trying to get more money into their lives, not less.


Heart vs Wallet

Jesus said

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Maybe we should start with our hearts.

I think what Jesus was concerned about was greed, waste, and ignoring the poor.


Moses instructed his people how to treat the poor and needy: “Give generously to [them] and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to” (Deuteronomy 15:10).

This sentiment is perfectly captured in Proverbs 14:31: “whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

Proverbs is in fact filled with Scripture clearly showing that God loves the poor and is offended when His children neglect them (Proverbs 11:4,17:5, 19:17, 22:2, 9, 16, 22-23, 28:8, 29:7, 31:8-9).

The consequences for ignoring the plight of the poor are also made clear in Proverbs: “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered” (Proverbs 21:13).

And note the strong language in Proverbs 28:27 “he who closes his eyes to [the poor] receives many curses.”

Among the many sins of Sodom described in Genesis 19, her people were “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy” (Ezekiel 16:49).


Here in my post

Are you a goat and don’t know it?

we see that if we neglect the hungry, the poor, the prisoner, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the thirsty, that we are “goats” and will be rejected by God.

There seems to be a list of people we need to keep up with and help, or we face  “everlasting punishment.”


For the truly selfish and uncaring person, this is a warning and wake up call.

For those who have many burdens of their own, it is another burden and a real concern.

Suppose in our weariness, we just push aside those that need us?

How will we be dealt with?

Will I have to explain to God that I did not visit prisoners or give water to the thirsty, because the prison environment spooks me, or I do not know any thirsty people?

Having a total stranger live in my house seems unsafe, considering the current lack of spirituality and morals in our society.

Do I have to seek these people out? This takes a lot of time. The average sick person does not even know me, or want me, and may already have their own family to visit them.

I can relate to giving to the poor and hungry, and I do that, both on a personal level, and through a local homeless mission.

I want to please God, but don’t want to neglect my own family in the process, who seems to get every spare dime I have.

There are some who say “let your family do for themselves” and then give to a church or charity, but this is against the bible, which says, anyone who neglects his own household is as a heathen.

1 Timothy 5:8 KJV

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

I do not want to be an infidel either. !!!!


Walking in faith and obedience seems sometimes like walking a tightrope.

We are balanced between 2 worlds, and either way, we could fall.

If I hold onto what I have saved for unexpected needs, I have neglected the poor.

If I give away all my possessions to the poor, then I have neglected my family, and I am worse than an infidel.


Sometimes, trying to obey God can be a burden, because we don’t know how.

We are surrounded by needs….needs everywhere, too many needs, intense ones, good ones and selfish ones, all pulling at us.

We feel like we are doing our best, but we are going to collapse in the process, stressed that we are goats, instead of sheep, neglecting something, when we have no energy to extend ourselves any further.

We need rest for our souls.

This is when we look to our Redeemer, Jesus / Yeshua, to help us carry the load, and get what we need to do…done.

We do our best, and then collapse in His arms, knowing that He will finish the job for us.



Lord give me strength and wisdom to know your will, and my failings.

Give me opportunities to share you with others, and quicken me to respond properly.

Open my heart, and enlarge it, to include those I would normally not consider.

Forgive me when I neglect your mission for me, and act like a goat.

Please help me be a good sheep.

Make me generous enough for others, but wise enough to provide for my family.

Help me find a balance in my life so that all needs are met….mine and others.

When I am getting pulled down, lift me up.

When I am out of line, show me, and bring me back.

Show me when I am selfish or wrong, and help me fix myself…or better, you can fix me.

Please keep me in your kingdom, and bring my loved ones into the kingdom as well.

May all those I neglect to help find the help they need.

And may I always have another chance to make up for anything I have missed.

I really love you, I just don’t always do things right.

Keep me humble, and open, and obedient to your voice.

Forgive me for anything I have done, and help me do better.



Let us all remember that our real riches are in

heaven, not here.

16 Responses to “Too Rich for Heaven”

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  2. Great post, preparing for the time of great testing of our faith, hope and love, which is coming very soon.

    I think an application of the use of money (possessions) is within Matthew chapter 25.

    And, I think during the last days there will be a separation of the sheep and goats by individual actions and behaviors. It is one thing to know the paths of righteousness and to comprehend and walk the paths.

    “Then the king will say to the godly people on his right, ‘Come, my Father has great blessings for you. The kingdom he promised is now yours. It has been prepared for you since the world was made. It is yours because when I was hungry, you gave me food to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I had no place to stay, you welcomed me into your home. When I was without clothes, you gave me something to wear. When I was sick, you cared for me. When I was in prison, you came to visit me.’

    “Then the godly people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you with no place to stay and welcome you into our home? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’

    “Then the king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you did for any of my people here, you also did for me.’

    “Then the king will say to the evil people on his left, ‘Get away from me. God has already decided that you will be punished. Go into the fire that burns forever—the fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels.

    You must go away because when I was hungry, you gave me nothing to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me nothing to drink. When I had no place to stay, you did not welcome me into your home. When I was without clothes, you gave me nothing to wear. When I was sick and in prison, you did not care for me.’

    “Then those people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty? When did we see you without a place to stay? Or when did we see you without clothes or sick or in prison? When did we see any of this and not help you?’

    “The king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you refused to do for any of my people here, you refused to do for me.’

    “Then these evil people will go away to be punished forever. But the godly people will go and enjoy eternal life” Matthew 25:34-46, Easy-to-Read).

    Psalm 27

  3. Obama Care is a Christian way of living. To take from the rich (Republicans) and give to the poor (Democrats). It’s amazing that not everyone is entitled to health care in Babylon in 2013. Completely incomprehensible offense in my eyes. I can’t understand how someone can say he/she is republican and Christian at the same time. Equation does not compute.

    I suggest you look at the Movie Sicko with Michael Moore and learn how Babylond alias USA should live (Europe and Canada). Babylon alias USA have more people in prisons then any other country because of the Republicans policies they have guided you with.

    Shame on you so called Christians!

    • i think you got it backwards, but you don’t live here. republicans are the christians. democrats hate christians, are homosexuals, pray to allah, do pornography, rob from tax payers who work hard and earn little (the real poor), and give to those who refuse to work or are illegal, do abortions, send all american money to terrorist muslims to overthrow governments, and have riots, and worship satan.

      democrats want to put republican christians in death camps and the camps are built now and ready for use. they will use gullotines to cut off heads of christians. republicans are not rich, they are the ones who work for a living and get taxed so criminals can get their money, and blame them for all the problems in the country.

      • Obamacare is about taking care of the poor and the weak ones. And Obama is a democrat and the republicans is against it. I agree that democrates have a wrong view on homosexuals. Republicans wants to take care of the weak ones when they call themselves Christians but when they vote they vote in another direction.

      • yes these camps already are being use thy have in some states put the homes in them thy are given a choose jail or camp I just read about it soon thy will be use for us in due time I fill

    • Obama Care is a control system, Hope God will turn it down.
      illunimati elite design the whole system, go to google search, you will find who is the author of obamacare. very wicked thing,

  4. To much money is when you make it your God. And are possessed by it. Money is Power, in any Nation. Many in the Church have made Jesus a Millionaire and said he owned apartments . I never read or seen Jesus in the Bible beg for money. Opposite he ran off the Money changers. What about today. WOW.
    When He needed money once for Him and his disciples He used His faith and told them to go catch a fish and they found a gold piece in that fish and He paid all their tax’s for him.

    ACTS 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
    45. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
    46. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

    The Above is Not Communism or Democrats or Politicians for sure.
    As “assertion” has said.
    Communism and Politics demand you give them money. And they set peoples wages for them the way they want to. And you will do it at their command and they will rule you with a rod of Iron if you do not obey.

    In Acts 2:44 it was LOVE that made man give to the poor and have things in Common. Money was not their god. They shared and had all things in common.

    Jesus gave us parables of men coming to your door in need of food and the believer said I will pray for you — yet he had food in his house and could have gave it to his brother.

    Love is Not by demand.

    Clinton use to get 1 Million dollars for a 30 to 60 minute speech after he left the office of president of the US. He was a democrat. Republicans do the same thing. Americans wake up – they both the same.

    bro. ty


    practice the presence of God
    the music is so beautiful

  6. From my understanding of Scripture, Christians are called to have a relationship with the Lord. Jesus is to be first in your life, even unto death. You cannot start a relationship with the Lord after you die. If fear, jealousy, money etc in your life come before Jesus then you create a barrier between yourself and Jesus and you have no relationship. Many wealthy people understand the laws of God and give generously and God blesses them. Money is not the curse it is whether it becomes your god or a barrier between you and God, same as other factors in life as mentioned above. The saints are those who obey the Commandments of God and have the Testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17 ). God bless the saints.

  7. Allan,


    Which is why the wise virgins can not give or share their oil.
    It is why the foolish go outside to obtain some oil (Proverbs 23:23 – I recall).

    Those foolish knock but He does not open the door (like Noah’s Ark) to them.

    It is about relationship. There are so many verses to support your comment.

    Psalm 23:1-3

  8. Hi Marianne, I think in my opinion as long as we hear the Word of God, God is with us and we are just not going to let down the poor. Sometime we need to believe in our ownselves. No one lets us down so badly other our ownselves!! When the LORD says that the rich will not enter the kingdom, He means the wicked and the corrupt who shows no remorse and not those who fears the Word of God. The wicked fail to pay the wages that are due to the poor. James Chapter 5 clearly explains about a Rich Oppressor. Hope your soul finds some rest!! God Bless! – AJ

  9. The LORD is the one who gives wisdom to be wealthy like Abraham or King Solomon at the same time not to be slave for money. The LORD wants His children to have all the riches. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. – Galatians 3:14

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