Most of Jesus followers were not wealthy, but a few notable ones, like Joseph of Arimathea (v. 57), were. We can learn a great deal from the wealthy people recorded in the New Testament, about the dangers and the disciplines of money.

(Luke 19:110)Before faith, cheated citizens and abused the poor.

After faith, repented and made restitution.(1) Ill gotten gain must be repaid.

(Matt. 27:56-61; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-53)Pre-paid his own funeral

(Luke 8:3; 23:55-24:10; Mark 15:40; 16:1)Supported Jesus work

(Matt. 8:5-13; Luke 7:5)Showed kindness toward the Jews.

(Matt. 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30Unwilling to part with his wealth when tested by Jesus(6) Those who cling to wealth have difficulty getting into the kingdom.

(7) Righteousness cannot be earned, but must be received as a gift.

Sold land and tried to deceive the church about the proceeds to gain a reputation

(11) God is not fooled by gracious appearances but sees the heart and acts accordingly.

Rich Christians written about by James (James 2)

Exploited the tendency of some to cater to them because of their wealth.

Dragged other believers into court and slandered Jesus name.

(12) God favors those who are rich in faith; they will inherit the kingdom.

Hosted the first church in Europe in her home.

(13) We should use our resources and homes to accomplish Gods purposes.

(Acts 8:26-40Nurtured his belief in God by traveling to Jerusalem.

Invited Philip to explain more about the faith.

(15) Stewardship of money and study of Scriptures go hand in handas do business trips and worship services.

Your checkbook is a diary of your values. God calls believers to be compassionate, merciful, and just to all. Does your checkbook reflect such values? Does it show a pattern of godly concern for people

The Word in Life Study Bible, New Testament Edition, (Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville; 1993), p. 118