Solomon tells us in verse four that we should not work in order to be rich. He doesn't say there is anything wrong with being rich or getting rich. Sometimes people think wrongly that money is evil. Oftentimes I have heard people misquote the scriptures and say that "money is the root of all evil." The Bible never says that. Not anywhere. What it does say (in 1 Timothy 6:10) is that "the love of money is the root of all evil." The covetous desire to gain wealth is the problem.
So, money isn't evil. And being wealthy isn't evil. But neither is it the purpose for working. Because gaining wealth is only good for this present world. As the old saying goes, "You can't take it with you." Paul admonishes young Timothy that those who suppose that gain is godliness are proud and don't know whereof they speak. Concerning wealth, Paul says very clearly that godliness and contentment is the goal. "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content" (1 Timothy 6:7-8).
In Ephesians 4:28 Paul writes, "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth."
Here we see two of the purposes for working. First, we are told to work in order to have. In other words to possess. If we want to possess we need to work.
Karl Marx and others of his ilk taught that to possess was evil. Communism and its little sister, Socialism, teach that at the root of all societal problems is private ownership of property. Communists believe that nothing should belong to the individual, but to everyone collectively. Shared ownership. The scriptures do not teach that. Our verse in Ephesians says that we should labor in order to "have to give." The word "have" means to own, to possess things such as pertain to property or riches or furniture or utensils or goods or food, etc. Private ownership is a Bible principle. And in order to own, we need to work.
But possessing isn't only for ourselves, it is also for the good of others. We are to work in order that we "may have to give to him that needeth." Giving is a purpose of having which is a purpose of working. So we work in order that we might give. God is a giver. And he wants us to be givers as well. Giving is godly.
Giving is also voluntary. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9:7, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
So, to summarize, two of the purposes of working are to have ownership of things and to be able to generously and willingly give to those who are in need.
I hope and pray for you that God will bless you and make you rich. I have no problems at all with Christians being wealthy. And I pray that you will be generous with everything that God gives you through your diligent work.
God bless you and, Lord willing, we'll see you tomorrow!
Grace and Peace,