The world has a lot to say about money. Whether we like it or not, it’s become a huge idol in today’s society. But God’s word has a lot to say about money as well.
Here are 10 Biblical truths about money:
1. God is our provider
Above all, we must remember that God is our provider. Not our employer, not our spouse, or our parents. All blessings ultimately flow through God who knows and cares about our every need. We must pray and have faith that He will provide.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Matthew 6:31-33
2. Be content with what we have
But the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.Mark 4:19
” But the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” -Mark 4:19Tweet
3. Don’t put hope in money
Relying on God to meet our needs is part of being a believer and walking in faith. Money can come and go so we are not to put our hope or find our security in earthly riches.
Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment.1 Timothy 6:17
4. Don’t be a slave to debt
When we live beyond our means we put ourselves in a position where we can be a slave to debt and to the world. But God calls us to be a slave to righteousness (Romans 6:15-23).
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.Romans 13:8
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” -Romans 13:8Tweet
5. Our treasures are in heaven
As we all know, we can’t take the treasures of this world with us when we die. It is far more important to live a life that glorifies God. We are to set our sights on heaven instead of trying to become wealthy on earth.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:19-20
6. We must give back to God cheerfully
We are living under the law of grace, which means we are not required to tithe 10% like they did in old testament. However we should still give back to the Lord and give cheerfully, because the Lord loves a cheerful giver.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.1 Corinthians 9:6-7
7. It’s better to give than to receive
You’ve heard the saying, “It’s better to give than to receive.” But did you know that came straight from Jesus?
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’Acts 20:35
8. Money is the root of all evil
Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24.) We are not to love this world or the things in it (1 John 2:15-17).
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.1 Timothy 6:10
9. Be a good steward of money
There are many ways we can be a good steward of money by showing respect for what we have been blessed with.
- Not spending frivolously or recklessly (Proverbs 21:20)
- Budgeting (Luke 14:28)
- Saving on interest (Matthew 25:14-30)
- Leaving an inheritance for our children’s children (Proverbs 13:22)
- Paying all who is owed (Romans 13:7)
- Dealing fairly (Proverbs 11:1)
- Giving to the needy and lending to those who ask (Matthew 5:42)
- Giving back to God (Malachi 3:10)
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.Proverbs 13:11
10. Work for the Lord
The Bible says we should not be idle or lazy (Proverbs 10:4) and that we should work as though we are working for the Lord. I like to remind myself of this when I have unfavorable tasks to do.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.Colossians 3:23
All good gifts come from above. We can choose to honor God with our money or dishonor him. There are many ways to honor God with our spending, saving, and giving.
Which area do you need to work on the most? I’d love to hear in the comments!