Christians should be careful when it comes to money. I have to say that money sins are a very common sin in the twenty-first century life that many Christians live in. Everyone wants money right? Whether it is to buy a car, a house, a school for your kids, clothes, to take your partner on a romantic date, pretty much everyone wants the things that money brings. The Bible verses about money teach us Christian how we should be dealing with money, because it causes trouble for so many people.
But our beautiful Lord is merciful and He understands our needs. That’s why He teaches us the following.
From trusting, being content with what we have, and the REAL prosperity God wants for us, these Bible verses about money cover everything.
Therefore, here are 7 Bible verses that will definitely help us deal with money the way God wants us to:
To provide the best insight for each Bible verses, below is an explanation for what our God wants us to know about a particular aspect of money.
1. Revelation 3:17: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see”.
Astonishing: Can you be rich and poor at the SAME exact time? Greed has the answer to this question
According to what the Lord says about money obsession, you ABSOLUTELY can be both things at the same time. I believe it is a must to begin the topic of greed first with this beautiful Bible verse from Revelation. This message was directed to the church of Laodicea, which was a “rich” church that had a lot of wealth.
Historians add that this city of Laodicea in ancient Europe was an affluent banking center with a lot of economic prosperity(while other cities were poor). All of this caused the believers in this church to become attached to their money.
The Lord emphasizes that even though they were rich, they had a chronic spiritual poverty.
Because they trusted their money so much, they began to forget that it is God who provides us with our material necessities, and thus, they gave money the place of God. As a direct consequence, because they had forgotten about God, they were probably involved in many other kinds of sin(not just greed), which is why the Lord calls them “blind and naked” unable to see their own spiritual miserable conditions.
2. Acts 19: 23: “About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there.
25 He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business.
26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.
27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited”.
This Bible verse is really a warning about the consequences of becoming attached to money and becoming people of greed.
The Apostle Paul was preaching in this city of Ephesus, and people were believing in Jesus, but thanks to this people whose idol-making business was being affected(because since people were believing in the Lord, they were no longer buying idols) they decided to put a stop to it.
Because of their greed, they were actually becoming people utilized by the devil to stop people from believing in Jesus. This is an insane warning from the Bible that money obsession can really make people become instrument to be utilized by the devil himself.
3. Matthew 17,24-27: 24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25 “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”
26 “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him.
27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
Okay so, by now we have really stated some of the consequences of allowing greed to fill our hearts, but now we will emphasize with this verse why we should not even place our trust in money in the first place, so we will not have to face the consequences mentioned above.
I believe our blessed Lord gave us Matthew 17 to with this purpose(not putting trust in money) and only put the trust in HIM.
Why? Remember that all of the disciples(including Peter in this verse) were poor fishermen with absolutely no money, and additionally our Lord Jesus chose to come to this world as a poor human being as well.
So, with this verse the Lord attempts to show us that he can even make money appear out of extraordinary and random places( such as a fish’s mouth) just like he instructs Peter to do. There is another example our beautiful Lord gave us to remember us of this(keep reading)
4. Matthew 14:18-21: 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said.
19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Absolutely amazing that we never have to obsess and think constantly about money(thus falling in greed) in order to satisfy our needs.
It doesn’t matter how poor we are, or just how much money or resources we have, our holy Lord just multiplied 2 fish and 5 loaves in order to feed 5000 people in one of the most incredible miracles He has ever done. Really get this into your head people.
He has promised to provide for all of our necessities and expenses( but there is a catch) which brings me to the following, last but not least verse:
5. Matthew 6:31-33 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
6. Psalm 37:25
Psalm 37:25: “I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread”.
This special Psalm, is a money lesson for all the Christian people in the world.
Never any Christian who loves our Lord will have to beg for anything in life. This is the prophecy that King David, a man greatly loved by the Lord, is giving. Hallelujah.
7. Psalm 119:14
Psalm 119:14: “I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches”.
I would like to finish this series with this very important Bible verse.
King David, a man who saw great riches in his life, again teaches us that
Other translations say “I rejoice more in following your statutes you than in great riches”, which I believe leads to a warning: the moment your heart is more filled with the comfort money brings than by the comfort that the Lord brings us, you’re in trouble.
In conclusion, dear Christian, you should be careful with money. It can make you a slave. You SHOULD hate greed. It is a very worrisome sin that makes a lot of people go to hell, because they give money the place of God. How horrible right?
Here is the way God wants us to deal with our money needs: to trust the ultimate promise of faithfulness from the Lord. The catch? You need faith. Sounds simple? With our Lord everything is. But it seems that we as imperfect human beings just fail to do even this little thing. This faith is the only thing that will distinguish us from pagans that “run after all these things”.
This Bible verses about money teach us something. His binding contract is to provide us with EVERYTHING if we just in faith seek him first and his kingdom. If we fail to do even this little thing, well, that’s on us, and not him. If we seek him to provide for our material necessities and comforts, we will never obsess over money and fall in greed. God bless you.