What Does The Bible Have To Say About Money?

 

In order to live and function in society, everyone needs money. Whether we like it or not, the simple truth is that in today’s world, money is vital to succeeding and living a life that is rewarding, fulfilling, and free from stress. Now before I go any farther, let me clarify my viewpoint before all of my readers start thinking I am a money hungry and materialistic jerk. My main priority in life is to live a life that is pleasing to God and serves others. Acquiring massive amounts of money is NOT my top priority. In the Bible, Jesus even said, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” I believe that God wants us to be prosperous, but it is important that we make living a life that is pleasing to God our top priority.

With that said, I will say that there are many people today that for some reason or other have come to believe that you cannot be a Christian and be extremely wealthy. It’s as if they have adopted the idea that great wealth is evil. This line of thinking is ridiculous and not biblically founded. I love what the financial expert Dave Ramsey says on this subject. Take a look at what Dave has to say about it….

“Money is amoral. It doesn’t have any guiding principles of its own. Having money or not having money doesn’t change who you already are. When you earn more money, it just makes you more of who you are. If you are a generous person and you get wealthy, you become a generous, wealthy person. It’s all about whose hands the money is in. You may have heard a warning in the Bible about money, but pay close attention to the words of the verse. Does it say that money is the root of all evil? No! It says that the love of money is the root of all evil. (1st Timothy 1:6) Think about a brick for a moment. In the hands of the right person a brick can be used to skillfully build a home for a family. But in the wrong hands a brick can be used to break your car window and steal your wallet. It’s all about whose hands it’s in. The brick doesn’t care!” – Dave Ramsey

The Bible actually has a great deal to say about money. Money is such an important topic in the Bible that it is the main subject of nearly half of the parables Jesus told. In addition, one in every seven verses in the New Testament deals with this topic. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, and more than 2,000 verses on money. In fact, the teachings of Jesus on the subject of money outweighed his teachings of Heaven and Hell combined! So as you can see, the Bible is loaded with verses about money. Are you wondering why this is? Let me help you out. I believe the reason the Bible has so much to say about money is because there is a fundamental connection between our spiritual lives and how we think about and handle money. In fact, Jesus said in Luke 16:11, “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” It appears from this verse that God uses money as a test of our management and stewardship skills before entrusting us with spiritual things. 

Take a look at just a few of the many scriptures in the Bible on the subject of money.

  1. Proverbs 13:22- A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.” This scripture indicates that God wants us to make a difference, financially, in our family tree.
  2. Proverbs 21:20“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.”  This gives us an idea of how God wants us to save for a rainy day, to set something back for safekeeping.
  3. Proverbs 22:7“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” This scripture makes it pretty clear that God discourages debt and the use of credit.
  4. Luke 14:28 –“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.”  This scripture is the Bible’s teaching on budgeting! Nobody in their right mind would begin to build a home without knowing if they have the money to build it!

Those are some pretty compelling verses on the subject of money. These are just a very few of the many, many Bible verses about money and possessions. The bottom line is that God wants us to know about money and how to manage it wisely. One of the most common causes of marital problems and stress today is related to struggles with finances. I would encourage anyone who may be reading this to learn everything you can about money management and the Bible is a great place to start. I would also highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s books The Total Money Makeover and his book Complete Guide to Money. My wife Janet and I are huge Dave Ramsey advocates! As a matter of fact, we are currently leading a class of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at our church for the third time!  Stay away from debt! Adopt the mentality and philosophy that anything that you can’t pay cash for, you can’t afford! Stop the vicious cycle of living paycheck to paycheck and just surviving from one payday to the next. God doesn’t want us to merely exist. He wants us to prosper, and that requires that we not only place him first and foremost in our lives, making pleasing him our top priority, but that we be good stewards of what he has placed in our hands.  

Thanks for reading!

Until Next time,

Mark

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