Money: According to the Bible
What does the Bible say about money? Here are 5 things that the Bible says about money:
1. We Should Earn Money
“Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.”
Money is a shelter from our insecurities. We feel insecure about the future, about our family’s needs and wants, about our well-being. We need money to provide us with security, therefore, we must earn money. How do we earn money? The honest way!
“Dishonest money dwindles away but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
Little by little here does not mean being slow to earn money, being satisfied with earning cents and pennies. It means not involving ourselves with get-rich-quick schemes. We must not make a quick buck earned through devious means. We must strive for honest but smart ways to earn money.
That’s why the Lord teaches us to be enterprising and productive in an honest way.
To most spiritual people, wanting money is being materialistic but money is needed to support God’s work. We cannot tithe without money. Money is not bad because it is a blessing from God. That is why it is important to understand it thoroughly from a Biblical point of view.
In Ecclesiastes 10:19, King Solomon says, “Money is the answer for everything.”
And that is from the wisest man that ever walked on earth.
2. We Should Multiply Money
God loves to see money being multiplied. He wants us to make His blessings grow. He made that very clear in The Parable of the Talents where a master who was going on a journey gave his servants talents according to the servant's ability.
“He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents and made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.”
When the master returned, he was pleased with the two servants who made the talents grow. He said to them, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”
To the one who hid his one talent, the master was not pleased. His talent was taken away from him and given to the one who already had the most.
“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
It makes us wonder why the poor becomes poorer and the rich becomes richer. Maybe it all boils down to our attitude towards money and towards God.
"Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need." .
The teaching is you do not work only to meet your own needs, but to produce more than you need so that you have a surplus, then you have something to give away to others who are in need.
That is why God wants us to multiply our blessings so we become a blessing to others.
3. We Should Offer Money to God
Giving tithes and offerings is our way of acknowledging God as KING over our lives.
It’s not only because the church needs those funds to finance the work of God but it is also our personal submission to the kingship of God in our lives.
Remember the widow who put in two very small copper coins into the temple treasury? Here is what Jesus had to say:
“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Jesus did not stop her. He did not tell her, “You don’t have to give because you are so poor. Be practical. Leave the giving to the rich.” No! Jesus instead was pleased with what the widow did.
4. We Should Enjoy Money
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.”
Money is a blessing from God, and as such, it must be enjoyed. Enjoying God’s blessing is a way of worship. While you enjoy your money, it’s like saying, “Lord, thank you for giving me this, thank you for making me enjoy. You’re really great, You’re wonderful.”
While enjoyment is an act of worship, spending our resources the right way is an act of faith. We are releasing our resource from our hand because we believe that what we are doing is right, and that God will replace that resource. Our expenses are acts of faith.
But there are people who waste their money on things that can never satisfy, not even useful. Buying a dozen pretty cups because they are on “sale” is not a wise way of enjoying money. What use do we have for a dozen cups which would sit on a cabinet shelf all year long?
That’s why money is useless in the hands of a fool.
“Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?”
God chooses who to bless with money. God is pleased with wise people who grow their money, who share their blessings. Fools think only of how to spend it. Fools become arrogant, greedy, and boastful when they get into money. That is when God takes away the money. That is why money does not last long in the hands of fools.
We have seen it many times. One generation is very wise, makes a lot of money, works very hard, sacrifices their own needs, the next generation continues to work just hard enough to keep the wealth, and then the third generation sells it all.
So do not work only for the benefit of the next generation, enjoy your money now, spend it on things that can satisfy yourself and others but remember that enjoying your money does not mean squandering them. Be wise!
5. We Should Not Love or Serve Money
1 Timothy 6:10
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Here are some signs that you love money:
- You have an obsession to become rich (unethical pursuit of wealth).
- You never have enough (constant feeling of lack arising from a spirit of discontent).
- You live beyond your means (over-spending, credit card debts – Proverbs 22:7 says “the borrower is a slave of the lender”).
- You become a show off (pride in possessions “are not from the Father” – 1 John 2:16).
- You show signs of greed (lacking a desire to share or give).
- You forgot the Source (Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth”).
- You have divided loyalties (“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…”).
- You are tempted to sin (love of money clouds good judgment).
- Your life starts to suffer (problems with family/friends arise, problems with health from stressful pursuit of wealth).
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
There is a connection between people’s love for money and the Lord saying, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
The people who do anything and everything for money are the ones who forget that God has said, “I will never leave you, I will never forsake you.”
These people believe that money can secure their future but God said, “You want to be secure, I am telling you, I will never leave you, I will never forsake you.”
Those who refuse to help someone in need because they fear they might need the money tomorrow are saying, “The Lord is not with me tomorrow. I would be alone so I will keep this money for my own security.”
It doesn’t mean that we have to give all, not leaving anything for our own needs. It merely means share what we have because that is using money correctly and when we use money correctly, God will replenish it.
That is why it is very important to be prayerful and let God speak to us. In handling our finances or other people’s finances under our care, we should be very submissive to the righteousness of God and be ready to heed His warning when we go wrong.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
We use money to serve God, not use God to serve money!