The Bible, surprisingly to some, talks a lot about wealth both positively and negatively. From passages in the New Testament saying "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil" (1 Timothy 6:10) to passages praising someone that works hard to build his/her wealth "He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich" (Proverbs 10:4). So what does the Bible say about wealth? We will go over a few topics in this blog.
The Bible has about 2,000 verses regarding money. But to not make this long, I'll highlight a few that hopefully will help you understand a little more about what the Bible says about money. We have laid out a few popular topics below.
Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Proverbs 11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.
Mark 4:19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world nor the things in the world If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
The issue isn't about being rich, but prioritizing your wealth over God. There is a reason why Jesus said in Matthew 19:21-26 that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God". When you see that your money is taking over your time with God and you see yourself reducing your trust, hope, faith in Jesus because you have "everything", sell everything! It is better to be poor physically but rich spiritually than rich but poor spiritually. That is exactly why the rich man couldn't obey Jesus's commands in selling everything and giving to the poor. The Bible doesn't say but I'm most certain that if the rich man had obeyed Jesus, not only would have Jesus blessed Him spiritually but physically too. Look at Job. Lost everything. But because he remained faithful, Jesus gave him double everything he had.
Lesson: Don't put your hope in money. Take care of the Kingdom of God first and the rest should follow you.
Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Proverbs 12:11 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
Proverbs 12:24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
Proverbs 12:27 The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
Proverbs 13:4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Colossians 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.
I urge you to try this. Wherever you work, don't think of your boss as the current boss you have, but work as if your boss was Jesus. Don't be an average employee. When you do things 10x more than the average worker, Jesus notices. He will open new opportunities, He will open new doors.
We tend to be average. Do our typical 9-5, go home, maybe go to church at night and repeat everything again the next morning. But when working for Jesus, not only do you go the extra mile in the Kingdom of God, but that translates to your work ethic.
Our generation has taught that we deserve more, we deserve higher pay, we deserve more benefits. Have you been putting in the efforts to deserve? With the internet, the opportunity to make more money on the side is endless! Find a hobby and make money with it. We tend to find excuses to justify why we "can't" do something. Quit the excuses and find something else that can increase your bottom-line. Remember, lazy hands make for poverty. It's all about prioritizing your time. If your a guy, maybe the time you spend playing video games or doing something non-productive, you can be using to gain some extra cash for the weekend. If your a girl, maybe instead of watching YouTube or Netflix, you to can find something to gain extra cash. It's a matter of prioritizing.
Lesson: Don't be average! Always do your job 10x more than anyone for you to see real financial results in your life.
So, whatever you do, do it heartily! Be the BEST employee at your firm. Be the BEST boss you can be to your employees and you'll see the blessing of God follow you for your hard work and dedication. Finding the balance in working hard for Jesus and working hard for your wealth isn't easy. But when done successfully, you'll find true wealth.
These are the ten biblical financial principles: God is the source; give first; live on a margin; save money; keep out of debt; be content with what you have; keep records; don't cosign; work hard and seek godly counsel.