God cares about your relationship with money.
This is why He filled the Bible with verses about money, possessions, and stewardship. He knows that money will be a regular battle for us—the management of it and the idolization of it.
Money is not a goal. It’s a tool. To help gain a biblical perspective, I’ve provided five verses that every believer needs to know.
1. The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord. – Psalm 24:1
Everything belongs to God. Our understanding of money starts here. The money in our bank accounts and IRAs is not actually our money. It’s is His money. This changes the way we think about and take care of money. Just like we expect employees at work to do their jobs for the benefit of the company, the way we manage money should not be done for the benefit of our kingdom, but His Kingdom.
2. And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
God will take care of you. He knows exactly what you need. You can trust in His plan and provision for you. It may not always be what you want, but it will be what you need, according to His eternal vantage. We are to manage money for His Kingdom and trust in His provision.
And by the way, sometimes, what we need are financial limitations. For some of us, the last thing our soul needs is seemingly unlimited financial means. Money doesn’t eliminate sin. Money often exaggerates existing sins.
3. “No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. – Matthew 6:24
Money is not bad. It can be an incredible tool to reach your community and the world for Christ. However, we must be careful. Money can slyly take hold of our hearts and become an idol. And, man, it is a terrible master—always overpromising and underdelivering. The more hope you place in money, the more hopeless you become. Keep money in its place—a tool for advancing God’s Kingdom. Don’t let a tool become a god.
4. “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21.
What is the ultimate goal for our money—to advance God’s Kingdom. We are supposed to live and give generously. We are to be consumed, not with earthly gain, but heavenly gain. According to 1 Timothy 6:19, living and giving generously allows us take hold of what is truly life. Our heart yearns to use our money for something significant, something lasting. Well, here it is.
5. The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender. – Proverbs 22:7
How we manage our money matters. We should not ignore or be complacent with the resources God gives us. The Bible is filled with financial wisdom—avoid debt, save for later, give generously.
Educate yourself on finances and make wise money decisions so that you can be financially healthy and use your resources for His glory.