By guest financial blogger and Medi-Share member, Bob Lotich
These are five Bible verses about money that I think every Christian should know, and that have had a deep impact in my life. I pray they have the same impact in yours as well.
As we go through these verses, the goal is just to educate us all and get us familiar with what God’s Word says about money so that we can get more in line with that. So, let it be an encouragement that can hopefully guide you and direct you.
1. 1 TIMOTHY 6:10 (NIV)
“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.”
This is one of the most misquoted bible verses out there! Money is a tool for us, it isn't evil. As the verse states, it's the love of money that is evil.
Search your heart by asking yourself these questions:
- Does my pursuit of money interfere with obeying God?
- Do I always look for something that will benefit me financially, regardless of how it affects others?
- Am I more concerned with what my cost will be instead of allowing myself to be moved by compassion?
2. MALACHI 3:10 (NIV)
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Years ago I wrote about tithing for new testament believers on my blog and I quickly realized how much of a debated topic this is in the body of Christ.
I personally believe that as New Testament believers who have been “redeemed from the curse of the law” (Gal 3:13) that it is not an obligation for us. However, I don’t believe that nullifies the promise in Malachi 3:10 and, personally, as I have sought to continue stretching my giving, I have seen that promise come to pass over and over again.
I like what Billy Graham had to say about tithing:
“We have found in our own home…that God’s blessing upon the nine-tenths, when we tithe, helps it to go farther than ten-tenths without His blessing.”
3. ACTS 20:35 (NIV)
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Our giving changes us and it changes the world! Here are a few ways how:
- Provides resources for Kingdom growth.
- We bring light and joy to the world through our generosity.
- Our giving helps us fulfill the two greatest commandments.
Remember, Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." If you think seriously about what that means, we should be excited when we are giving! Giving should be fun and we should be chasing after and want to do more of it!
4. PROVERBS 22:7 (NIV)
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”
When we were slaves to sin, Jesus came to set us free. To me, it seems unlikely that God would want to set us free from our sins, but would want us to be slaves to our debtors.
If you have debt due to mistakes or circumstances beyond your control, I believe God wants to help you get that debt paid off!
Practically speaking, for most people I recommend using the debt snowball to start the process, but if you are really serious about getting out of debt check out my free guide here.
But first and foremost, ask God for help.
Writing about Biblical personal finance for over a decade now, I have seen it over and over and over again: when a believer steps out in faith to pay off their debt, God comes rushing in to provide divine assistance.
5. PHILIPPIANS 4:19 (NIV)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Putting our trust in anything other than God is just silly – and yet everyone I have met struggles with this sometimes.
The economy, our job, the government, our bank accounts... these are places we should not be placing our trust and they are shaky grounds that will only let us down at some point!
On the other hand... God is ALWAYS faithful, He will ALWAYS be there, and He will ALWAYS provide for us!
After learning many financial lessons the "hard way," Bob started SeedTime.com as a resource for Christians to get practical help with their finances. The site focuses on the Biblical principles that apply to debt, saving money, making money, and all other areas of personal finance. To get the free email course, visit SeedTime.com.
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