When I’m introduced to someone and am asked what I do for a living, I tell people that I teach what the Bible says about handling money. Often my new acquaintance looks at me in disbelief and says, “The Bible talks about money? How does that apply to us today?
The Bible is loaded with 2,350 verses dealing with how to handle money and possessions. Surprisingly, 15 percent of everything that Jesus said had to do with it. There are two major reasons the Lord said so much about it.
First, God loves us like crazy and He realized that from time to time money was going to be a challenge for us all – so He wanted to give us a road map to handle it the very best way possible. Second, He knew that money would be the primary competitor with Christ for the lordship of our lives. Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
The Bible reveals that God is the owner of all that we have. Psalm 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” On the other hand, our responsibilities are summed up in 1 Corinthians 4:2, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” Our job is to faithfully handle money God’s way.
Fortunately, the Bible tells us why and how we are to work, give, save, spend, invest, get out of debt, and teach our kids how to handle money in the wisest way possible.
The Bible is God’s word and everything in it is true. It is practical and applies to every generation and every culture.
To learn more about what the Bible says about money, order the Financial Stewardship Bible at www.compass1.org. Compass partnered with American Bible Society in producing this Bible that has all 2,350 verses highlighted (in green, of course) and a 40-day financial devotional.