The Bible has a lot to say about money. It contains 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2.350 verses on money and possessions. 15% of everything Jesus said had to do with it. The Bible says a lot about money, because money does matter and it is a beautiful means to use for all kind of endeavours. But money also has a downside, it can also be a spiritual power when it grippes you and it starts to reign you, instead of being a servant as it was meant to be. So for many people money is a tricky business, but for a Christian it can be a great tool to serve.
The blessing of money
For a Christian money is a means and not a goal. It is a very valuable means and therefore we need to be good stewards over it. With money we can serve people, honour God and be open-handed. We can enjoy it and doing well with it. Money is also an excellent trading currency and it helps economy grow. You can save money for dark days and it gives you freedom in spending and using it for all kind of goals. Money is also a training school for faith, trust and character.
In our dealing with money we need to know, that it is not our money, but God’s money.
The curse of money
Money in itself is of no harm, but that what we add to money can harm our soul, our relationship with God and society. Many people add power, independence, security, well-being, happiness, status, identity, respect and so on, to money. These longings can be very powerful. Paul said: ‘The love of money is the root of evil, and in pursuit of it some have wandered from the faith and spiked themselves on many a painful thorn.’ (1 Timothy 6: 10-11)
So not money is the problem, but the love of money. The lack of the presence of God in different aspects of our life makes us vulnerable to other powers, who seem to fill these voids. The best way to handle money properly is a fulfilled life in Christ and act according to the teachings of the Bible with money.
In this part of our Resources Center we will help you to understand and learn what God is saying about handling money. We are convinced that by applying God’s principles about the use of money, you will receive more financial health, freedom and contentment.
Broad economic issues are not a part of this chapter, in this part we focus more on our personal finances.
- "Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed."
(I Timothy 6: 17-19)
- Howard Dayton – Why to teach God's way of handling money (video)