Does God Want Us To Be Rich?

Some say that God does not want us to be rich.

That is completely untrue.

The Bible itself says: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)

In what things does he say he wants us to prosper?

“In all things.”

Now, there is a danger here.

The danger is forgetting that money is not your treasure – God is.

When you have that straight, money becomes a blessing to you and to everyone you serve.

He wants you to prosper in all things: money and health included.

And don't miss the fact that the first place he wants you to prosper is in your soul.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • Cheryl

    I really appreciate this post and the recent God centered articles you have written. Please keep up the great messages. I love reading them.

    • Cheryl, encouraging messages like this tell me there’s a need for someone to stand up and say what I’m saying – so I will keep it up!

  • The plan of salvation – the door to opening up God’s riches – is spelled out in my previous post ( I’m also working on a permanent page that will contain that message. For the person who is reading this right now and is ready to trust the Lord… make sure you are following Jesus. Accept Him as your Lord (your Master) and as your Savior. It’s not complex. All that is required:

    If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Romans 10:9

  • Amen! God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him!

  • Bless you Rommel!

  • We finally connect!!
    I’ve heard about you for some time, as I started in year 2000, but just the last couple of years, I have connected with “like-minded” Christians!! Praise God!!

    I look forward to a great relationship with you [and yours]!!


    • I look forward to the same, Vern. Thanks!

  • I am so touch because I can’t believe that there are also online marketers that are so strong on doing blogs like this. Well, God gives us all we’ve ever need. Sometimes, man is not contented on this, that is why they forgot to thank the Lord.

  • John

    Ray, thanks for standing up for what you believe in and posting it on the internet. What a true breath of fresh air. I could not agree with you more. In a world, especially the internet world, where God seems to have been kicked to the corner and told to stay in the box “we” made for him, we need more believers to speak out and use God’s gifts for what they were intended. Keep up the good work !

  • bluewren

    If God wanted us all to be rich then we all would be rich and there would be no one dying in poverty and malnourished as those you exampled.So what exactly are you saying Ray?

    • Well, think of this: does God want us all to be saved? We know he does, because the Bible tells us that he is not willing that any should perish. Yet clearly some do perish. So why is that? God gave us free will, to choose for ourselves.

      Am I saying that people who live in grinding poverty chose it? No! Not at all! But I am saying those of us who are blessed with more – and the ability to get more still – have a choice as to what we will do with that wealth.

      The reason there is poverty in the world is NOT a lack of resources.

      And it is NOT a lack of ability or willingness on God’s part.

      Which is one reason I am calling out God’s entrepreneurs to get more wealth – and then to steward it for the Kingdom.

      That’s at least some of what I am saying.

      • MiloBendech

        I believe the reason there is poverty is because there are billions of Christians in this world who are not listening to Christ’s message”
        Matthew 19:21 “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
        Too many Christians want to have cars, TV’s , houses, savings accounts, 401K programs, swimming pools….at the same time families are sleeping in their cars or in cardboard boxes
        Christians have abandoned the teachings of Christ who cared for the poor , the sick and the hungry.  They are living the “prosperity” gospel.

  • tonde patrice

    it is true that God say that we become prosper in all things, but don’t go quickly in money side. when Jesus come on earth he preached the good news of the kingdom. he lived among the poorest but he doesn’t make them rich other way. he had the means to do that but he didn’t. Jesus learn as to seek first the kingdom and the others things will be gave to us. wealth is necessery but not the most thing to seek. the veritable treasure is our relation with God.
    bad english but ty to understand.

    • Tonde – thank you and may God bless you for your sharing spirit. I agree that God is our treasure, and God alone. Money is merely a tool.

  • MiloBendech

    Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
    (Luke 14:26-27, 33)So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”
    Luke 12: 22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifeb? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?27“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
    32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    Acts 2:     44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
    (Acts 4:32). All the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of his possessions
    was his own, but they shared everything they had