From the foregoing Scriptures and many others we see, not only that those who become the Lord's sons are very rarely blessed with temporal riches, but we see also that the principle extends still further, and that very few who possess earthly riches in advance of hearing of the truth are very likely to attain the high calling of this Gospel age.
This is not because God is opposed to riches, for He himself is rich above all others. It is rather, we might say, the outworking of a natural law or principle which has its force in the fact that all mankind, by reason of the fall, are selfish. The possession of wealth in combination with selfishness leads to a measure of satisfaction with present circumstances and conditions unfavorable to faith in God's heavenly promises.
The wealthy, selfish, satisfied soul says to itself, Eat, drink and be merry; enjoy your advantages; take your pleasure out of these, rather than speculate respecting future advantages and future riches, which are indefinable, and which must be accepted by faith. It is in harmony with this that our Lord declared
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ĎHow hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!í Mark 10:23.
Since our God is rich, He wants also us to be rich; but how do we use our riches? Would it be our obstacles to miss His promised Heavenly Kingdom?