Before we go over these verses, let me tell you something. I didn’t pick these out of the blue. These are verses that have molded my personal finance life to what it is today. While there are many other verses that deal with the topic of money, these five are paramount for any Christian striving to glorify God with their finances. As you digest these verses, take some time to really mull these topics over in your head. Take this next week and ask yourself how you can glorify God with your finances in practical ways.
On giving back what is rightfully His: Malachi 3:10
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,â says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.â
This is one of the few places where God asks his followers to test Him. This verse strikes me in two ways. One, it’s always good to remember that nothing is rightfully ours. We didn’t earn anything. At the root, it’s all His because he gave us the strength and opportunity to make money in the first place. Also, tithing is no longer required of us for salvation. Although this is true, think about all the churches that wouldn’t exist today if people didn’t tithe…
On the love of money: Ecclesiastes 5:10
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
I used to struggle hardcore with this subject and I still do to some extents today. If it wasn’t for loving parents an amazing friends, I would worry about this a lot more today. There is something peaceful and harmonious to be content with the money that God has given you. I’m not saying you should be lazy, you should actually work your butt off. Just don’t make it the focus of your life to make it big. Because guess what, it’s all going to burn in the end.
On paying our debts: Psalm 37:21
The wicked borrows and does not pay back, but the righteous is gracious and gives.
This is a sensitive subject for people. Are you falling behind on paying off your debts? Don’t fall into the trap of not being able to pay off your debts. Look at this this way. The moment you are debt free, God can use you even more for the glory of His kingdom. Debt really limits what one can do with their finances. Pay off your debts as soon as possible and avoid it at all costs once you’re debt free.
On God meeting our needs: Matthew 6:31-32
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat ‘ or ‘What will we drink ‘ or ‘What will we wear for clothing ‘ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Don’t worry about making ends meet. God has everything in control and will take care of your needs. The Bible has never preached a wealth gospel. The Bible is clear on this. You are one of God’s children, He has nothing but the best for you. Trust in Him and you will be amazed by the miracles when others discourage.
On what really makes you rich: Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
Riches, gold, your big house, or your Ferrari don’t make you rich. Those are temporary satisfactions and will disappear someday. What makes a person rich is a relationship with Christ. Once you realize this, watch as the blessings flow in your spiritual life!