It seems everything is more expensive today: from gas to groceries to our utilities, everything keeps going up. Except for our stocks and investments, which are going down. So, with our tendency to fret about finances, let’s consider what the Bible says about money.
First, remember this: God owns everything. “Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14). We are managers of what the Master gives us, so like everything else, we should glorify Him with our money (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Next, the Bible gives us five actions to perform in relation to finances: earn, save, spend, give, and trust. 1) Earn: being a Christian doesn’t mean sit back and wait for the Lord to return. Those who are physically able should earn their own living to provide for themselves and their family and be a good testimony to unbelievers (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12).
2) Save: That way, you’ll have it when you need it. “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it” (Proverbs 21:20).
3) Spend: we need to pay our bills and our taxes so we “owe no one anything” (Romans 13:8).
4) Give: cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7) to help those in need (Ephesians 4:28). Giving generously to the needy is like lending to the Lord, and He will pay you back (Proverbs 19:17)!
5) Trust: in God we trust; not in wealth. “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5). May Jesus be what we value most, as, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).