Rich or Poor—Which Is Better?

Series: Proverbs

by David Apple July 24, 2014 Scripture: Proverbs 28:6

Proverbs 28:6 

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

Aristides, a wise and just Athenian of long ago, was a great enemy to greedy men in government. As treasurer of Athens, he hated covetousness. He lived and died poor by choice. Once, reproached by an evil banker, he answered, "Thy riches do thee more hurt than my poverty does me."

We can become rich by evil means. We can get more by lying. And we can increase our wealth by being unscrupulous. But evil deeds will ruin our relationship with God. Before my conversion to Christ, I would easily gain profit through corrupt means. No problem. But, it was the work of God that changed that. He brought me into the lives of people with integrity—poor Christians with nothing to show for themselves except Jesus. They showed me how rich they really were.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts today. And be thankful.

© 2024 Tenth Presbyterian Church.

Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in its entirety or in unaltered excerpts, as long as you do not charge a fee. For Internet posting, please use only unaltered excerpts (not the content in its entirety) and provide a hyperlink to this page, or embed the entire material hosted on Tenth channels. You may not re-upload the material in its entirety. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by Tenth Presbyterian Church.

Please include the following statement on any distributed copy: By David Apple. © 2024 Tenth Presbyterian Church. Website: