The Bible has a lot to say about how to acquire and manage our money and wealth. The Book of Proverbs give us some good examples:
- That we earn our income honestly (Proverbs 16:8; 28:6)
- That we should work hard and not be lazy (Proverbs 10:4; 20:13)
- That we shouldn’t be greedy (Proverbs 15:27)
- That we should be generous in our giving (Proverbs 11:25)
- That we should avoid get-rich-quick schemes (Proverbs 28:20)
- That we should use wisdom when borrowing money (Proverbs 22:7)
- That we should save some of our income (Proverbs 13:22)
Scripture gives us a model of “stewardship” when it comes to money and possessions. Stewardship means you don’t own it, you manage it. Money, in and of itself, is neither good nor evil, but how money is used can be either a blessing or a curse. Ephesians 4:28teaches us that in earning our income through honest, hard work, we will have the means to take care of our needs and the capacity to help others who are also in need.
We must never let money become a master over our lives. Jesus warned us that “No one is able to serve two lords, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to the one and think little of the other. You are not able to serve God and Wealth.”(Matt 6:24 REV).
There’s no sin in being rich when we use our wealth in a godly way. Scripture about the rich says, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”(1 Tim 6:18 NIV). Money is a lot like fire, in that it can warm your house, cook your food, and light up the darkness. It can also burn up all you own, injure your family, and even kill you, depending on whether it is managed or mismanaged. There are many Bible verses about money that teach us how godly stewardship of our money and possessions. The links below will help you in that learning process: