God has a lot to say about money in the Bible — in fact, more than almost any other single topic. He cares about the attitudes we have about it and how we use it. Money is necessary; yet there is so much corruption connected with the desire for money.
For several years, people have been experiencing difficulties involving income. That’s always been the case, but it seems especially true of late. Here are a few Biblical principles about money Christians need to remember, especially regarding their attitudes about wealth during hard times. I’d like for us to look at some others over the next few columns. Hopefully they will be helpful.
1. It is vital to understand where our material blessings come from.
— Deuteronomy 8:17: You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
2. God intends for material wealth to be a blessing, but it can result in evil attitudes and actions.
— Acts 4 and 5 give us two contrasting stories about giving in the young Jerusalem church. Barnabas sold some land and honestly gave the proceeds to the apostles to be used in helping others. In contrast, Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple in the early Jerusalem church, also gave, but lied about the amount out of selfishness.
— Luke 12: Jesus told a story of a rich man who had a great harvest, but he selfishly hoarded it and in the end reaped a harvest of eternal torment. The problems surrounding money are the results of bad and often sinful attitudes and actions about wealth.
3. Wealth can become the center of life and take God’s place.
— Luke 12:15: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
— 1 Timothy 6:9: “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”
4. The love of money leads to evil.
— 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”
— James 4:1–2: “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it because there is a whole army of evil desires within you? You want what you don’t have, so you kill to get it. You long for what others have, and can’t afford it, so you start a fight to take it away from them.”
5. Although it’s not impossible, it is difficult for the rich to enter heaven.
— Mark 10:23–25: “Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were amazed at His words. Then Jesus said, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 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!’”