It buys us food, shelter, clothing — things necessary for our comfort and survival. Yet, if we let it, it can become an idol, a thing we love even more than God. “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” Paul warns (1 Timothy 6:10).
Jesus holds the key to keeping our quest for money in perspective. “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” He advises. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:20-21).
My heart follows my treasure
Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
My relationship with money affects my character
In whose eyes a vile man is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; he who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn’t change; he who doesn’t lend out his money for usury, nor take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be shaken.
God provides my wealth-building power
But 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 today.
Riches come from God
Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all! In your hand is power and might! It is in your hand to make great, and to give strength to all!
The desire for wealth leads to temptation and destruction
But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation, a snare, and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Regardless of earthly wealth, we share one Creator
The rich and the poor have this in common: The LORD is the maker of them all.
Hoarding wealth is evil
The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep. There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm. Those riches perish by misfortune, and if he has fathered a son, there is nothing in his hand.
Pious poverty is preferable to miserable wealth
Better is little, with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure with trouble.
With contentment comes freedom
Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, “I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.”
Borrowing money keeps the rich in power
The rich rule over the poor. The borrower is servant to the lender.
My attitude toward money affects me for eternity
Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be arrogant, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to share; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.
How I spend my money matters
Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which doesn’t satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in richness.
Tithing is a partnership with God
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says the LORD of Hosts, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there will not be room enough for.”
Character is more important than wealth
Better is a little that the righteous has, than the abundance of many wicked.
I am valuable to God
Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they don’t sow, they don’t reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!
God will supply every need
Don’t seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.
Don’t chase after riches
Don’t weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint. Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.
The consequences of taking advantage of the poor and needy
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to kill those who are upright on the path. Their sword shall enter into their own heart. Their bows shall be broken.