The Biblical View of Money
What the Bible has to say about money
Complied by the editor of www.georgemuller.org
GOD OWNS EVERYTHING:
"I will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness" (Psalm 50:9-12).
"The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein" (Psalm 24:1).
"For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen" (Rom. 11:36).
THE STRENGTH TO WORK TO ACQUIRE WEALTH IS FROM GOD:
"“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day" (Deut. 8:11-18).
THE GIFT OF GOD:
"As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God" (Eccl. 5:19).
"The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it" (Prov. 10:22).
"The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up" (1 Sam. 2:7).
"Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all" (1 Chron. 29:12).
THE UNCERTAINTY & WRONG VIEW OF MONEY:
"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy" (1 Tim. 6:17).
"Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven" (Prov. 23:4-5).
"Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them" (Psalm 39:6).
"Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased; For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him" (Psalm 49:16-17).
"He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage" (Prov. 11:28).
"Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil" (James 4:13-16).
"And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God”" (Luke 12:15-21).
"For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out" (1 Tim. 6:7).
"But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (1 Tim. 6:9-10).
THE PROPER VIEW OF MONEY:
"“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money]" (Matt. 6:24).
"...If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them" (Psalm 62:10).
"Now godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Tim. 6:6).
"And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content" (1 Tim. 6:8).
"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need" (Phil. 4:11-12).
"But you, O man of God, flee these things [the love of money] and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness" (1 Tim. 6:11).
WE ARE STEWARD'S OF HOW WE USE GOD'S MONEY:
"Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful" (1 Cor. 4:2).
"On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come" (1 Cor. 16:2).
"Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life" (1 Tim. 6:18-19).
"Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation. But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor. 9:5-7).
"As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever”" (2 Cor. 9:9).
"Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need" (Eph. 4:28).
"But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?" (1 John 3:17).
"distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality" (Rom. 12:13).
"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" (1 Tim. 5:8).
THE PROMISE OF GOD'S PROVISION:
"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work" (2 Cor. 9:8).
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19).
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
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