For some, turning to the Bible for their financial future may be a strange place to turn. Yet, Jesus spoke about money more than love or faith. In fact, preachingtoday.com says, “Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. In the Gospels, an amazing one out of ten verses (288 in all) deals directly with the subject of money. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions.”
Let’s take a look at six verses in the Bible to help us with our finances.
Where is Your Focus?
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
This verse is one of those that can cut you straight to the heart. Wherever we focus our hearts and our energies there lies our treasure. A financial future with the wrong focus could ruin your life. Do you find your heart longing for possessions and money or maybe it’s fame and prestige? God desires that we focus our heart, mind, soul, and strength on Him. God wants our treasure to be Himself, then all else to follow.
For God to be your treasure, place your focus on the God who created you and gave you the talents to earn your money and possessions. Serve Him first.
Serve God, Not Money
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
This is one of the more known Bible verses on money. The message is obvious and simple. Yet, it is so easy to struggle in this. A nice car is fun to drive and a real reward for hard work. A nice meal out with family is enjoyable and satisfies our hunger. Watching movies with friends is fun and a good way to connect with others. Desiring these things or spending time doing these things is okay, it’s when the things and desires consume you that it becomes a problem.
The issue is not the stuff, it is why we have the stuff or want the stuff and how we use it. There’s a simple question you can ask yourself to get at the heart of who you are serving. Are you controlling your money or is it controlling you?
Hold on to Money Loosely
Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Whether the money is controlling you or you are controlling the money, it’s gonna go away. Even if you have millions of dollars, one day it will either all go away or you won’t be around anymore to spend it. When we hold on to money loosely we are way more likely to serve God and to freely give away the resources He has graciously given. We are also more likely to be wise in our spending. Which brings a far better return on our efforts.
Use Money, But Don’t Trust or Love It
Proverbs 11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.
Money is not evil. Spending, investing, or saving money is not evil or sinful. There is no verse that says such things. In 1 Timothy 6:10 we read, “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.” In Proverbs, we read that the one who trusts in money will fall. And in 1 Timothy, we read that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
The message here is to choose to love and trust God, not money. This is a righteous life and your life will flourish when lived this way.
Money is Ultimately Meaningless But Not Useless
Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
Whether you are poor or rich, if you choose to trust in money or to love money, it will never satisfy. Money has no lasting meaning, but it does have usefulness. This is where spending, saving, and investing money wisely becomes so important. When you hold onto it loosely and choose to serve God with your money, this is what brings true value to the dollars in your bank account.
Your Best Financial Future Requires You To Give Your Money Away
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
An amazing teaching in the Bible on money is the concept of freely giving our money away. This is a true test for anyone. To give your money away is not a simple task. You’ve earned it, you worked hard for it, it’s yours, isn’t it? Well yes and no. God has gifted all of us with the talents and opportunities to produce our income. Whether our bank accounts are growing or shrinking, trusting in money instead of God will never satisfy.
This difficult truth from the Bible can be one of the most powerful truths for your financial future. The reason being, when we are able to freely give our money away, money is now serving our purposes instead of the other way. Personally, this is where I need the most work. With that in mind, here is a list of several ways to give your money away.
- Give to your church.
- Find a parachurch ministry to give to.
- Support a local non-profit.
- Buy lunch for a friend.
- Pick up a nice gift for a friend or a card.
A Better Financial Future Through The Bible
These verses teach you to focus on God instead of money, which helps you to serve God rather than money. When you serve God instead of money, it is much easier to hold onto it loosely. When you hold on to your money loosely, it is much easier to spend, save, and invest wisely. Finally, seeing money from this perspective gives you the ability to freely give it away. Giving away your money is the most freeing and powerful thing you can do to build an amazing financial future.
As you think about the verses above, share with us which verses stood out to you the most. Are there things you would like to change in your approach to money?