There are over 2,350 verses in the Bible about money and possessions. I won’t give you all of them here, but I want to give you the Cliff Notes refresher course with 5 verses that every Christian should know by heart.
1. “…The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” – Psalm 24:1
This is the starting point for the Biblical view of money. God owns everything and we are merely managers of what he entrusts to us. Accepting this fact and surrendering “your” money to God is liberating.
2. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Unlike governments, corporations, and economies, God is always faithful and trustworthy. It doesn’t matter if there is a financial crisis, if you get laid off, or your 401k becomes a 101k – God will still supply your needs like He promised.
3. “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.” – 1 Timothy 6:10
See the very special distinction here? Money is not evil. The love of money is evil. Having a million dollars doesn’t necessarily mean you love money, just as having $10 to your name doesn’t prove that you don’t. It’s a heart issue.
4. “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” – Proverbs 22:7
God uses pretty severe language here (some versions replace servant with slave) because being free from debt is a hugely important part of Christian faith. Debt leaves you at the mercy of the world and weakens your reliance on God’s provision.
5. “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” – 1 Timothy 6:18-19
Giving, especially when it means bringing souls to Him, is the single most satisfying thing we can do with our money. Hoarding deadens us inside, giving enlivens us and shows the world that our God is not gold, He is good.
What’s your favorite verse on money?