God owns it all. He created the universe, including the earth and everything on it, and He is the one who holds it all together. Our role is to “steward” God’s creation, including the specific material things that become our “possessions.” God has entrusted us with these resources to enable us to give, save, and live, with the ultimate goal of leveraging all of our stuff for the advance of the Gospel. Through the wisdom of God’s Word, we are to pursue a life of uncommon joy and generosity that points others toward Jesus.
God owns it all [and we are caretakers]. The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. – Psalm 24:1 ESV (see also Psalm 50:10)
Work is good. In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23 ESV (see also Proverbs 12:27 and Proverbs 28:19)
Generosity is good. Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed. – Proverbs 19:17 ESV (see also Proverbs 11:24)
Saving is good. Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. – Proverbs 13:11 ESV (see also Proverbs 28:20)
Money is morally neutral. Love of money is spiritually unhealthy. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. – I Timothy 6:10 ESV
Debt is bad. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. – Proverbs 22:7 ESV
Stuff doesnít satisfy. He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. – Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV
Greed is a problem. A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. – Proverbs 28:25 ESV
Money is a big deal in the Bible. Jesus talked about it all the time. Perhaps you’ve never thought much about the implications of your faith with regard to money, or maybe been very selfish in how you’ve handled your finances. Remember the Gospel. Jesus, the Creator and King of the universe, sacrificed His very life for our sins, including our sinful attitudes towards money. Going forward, be committed to Gospel generosity. That means giving money so the Gospel can be preached, as well as preaching the Gospel through your own generous lifestyle.
1 Chronicles 29:12-16
The Treasure Principle: Unlocking Life Change, by Randy Alcorn
Financial Peace University, daveramsey.com
Managing God’s Money: A Biblical Guide, by Randy Alcorn
Your Money: Frustration or Freedom, by Howard Dayton
“I Don’t Want to Win the Lottery”, by Jen Pollock Michel in Christianity Today