What God Says in the Scriptures About Your Money

The Bible says a lot about money. In today’s world, the topic is something that many people have on their mind constantly. Here’s what God says in the scriptures about money.

God Owns It All

One of the primary lessons the Bible teaches about money is that Gods owns everything. Anything that we claim as our own is actually God’s and he gives us a small portion to manage. David tells us, “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” – Psalm 24:1 NKJV.

This is a mindset that we as Christians must develop. All of our possessions are actually God’s possessions. We are just managing them for him. This should give us a different perspective on how we are to manage our finances.

We should want to not be wasteful with God’s money. We should think carefully about what we spend it on and manage the budget we are given carefully. Jesus tells a story about three stewards to whom a master (you could read this business owner) had entrusted large portions of his wealth.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” 

Work and Rewards

“Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.”

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “

The Wicked and Lazy Servant

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. ‘And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “

“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. ‘So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. ‘Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.’ ” 

” ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ” – Matthew 25:14-30 NKJV.

We as stewards of God’s money should want to hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

The Love of Money Brings Ruin

Paul tells us, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV. We must view money as a tool. We aren’t to see it as our goal or the scorecard of how we are fairing. Use money as a tool to accomplish your goals, but it should never be the goal itself.

We can’t set money up as a god in our life. The true God doesn’t share his rightful place on the throne of our heart with anything. Jesus tells us, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24 NKJV.

If you set money as your god, you will never be satisfied.

Wealth is a Test

If you make over $100,000 each year, or you have a bank account of more than a million dollars, you are being tested. I’m not saying that either of those situations is a bad thing. On the contrary, God has found you to be worthy to trust with that kind of wealth. He gives “to each according to his (or her) own ability.” If you are a good steward, God rewards you with more. This is especially true when you are generous. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38 NKJV.

The way you handle the various aspects of this life dictates largely the way you will spend the next life. Our eternal salvation does not depend on works but is determined solely by God’s grace. However, we are rewarded in eternity according to our faith and the works we do are a clear indication of our faith.

Jesus asks a telling question in the gospel of Luke. “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” – Luke 16:11 NKJV. This question says to me that how we manage our money is a test of our ability and the responsibility we are given. We have earthly responsibilities and heavenly responsibilities. How we handle the earthly is an indicator of how we will handle the heavenly.

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