What Does the Bible Say About Money and Wealth?
Money is primarily a medium of exchange or means of exchange. It is a way for a person to trade what he has for what he wants. Ideal money has three critical characteristics: it acts as a medium of exchange; it is an economic good; and it is a means of economic calculation. (Economics and Liberty)
Money i believe is a part of everyone’s life, and money is also an absolute necessity due to the world system we live in. We need money in order to survive and take care of our families. However, anything beyond a necessity is just a luxury. I believe this is a good place to begin answering this question and also just to get that out of the way.
Now as to what the bible says about money and wealth. Let us begin here;
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:10
Money is not Evil, but the love of it, is the root if all kinds of evil. when you go back to verse 6 of the same scripture it talks about “Godliness with contentment.” I believe contentment as far as money and wealth is concerned is very important.
Whilst Money and wealth plays a vital role in sustaining our daily necessities, I believe it should also play a pivotal role in advancing the Kingdom. Jesus expressed this sentiment when He spoke about ‘to whom much is given, much is required.’ (Matthew 25:14-30) and (Matthew 25:31-46). Those who have been blessed with wealth must share generously.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 reads;
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
However, on another positive note, the Bible also talks about Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” (NKJV)
I know inheritance can be Godly character, morals, purpose, and legacy; but i’m sure wealth can also fall in that category. So Like I have stated: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:10
I know many people cite “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) as a justification and promise in the Bible that being a Christian will lead to a good job, wealth, freedom from debt, etc… Of course that is taken out of context.
However, that is not to say that God doesn’t have good plans for us. As a fact, the Bible tells us God does not withhold good things from those who walk uprightly.
To close if off, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:13)
Use money, and don’t let money use you nor drive you away from the love of Christ.
What verses do you turn to when you’re seeking financial guidance? Please share in the comments section!
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