Martin Luther said we needed 3 conversions – in our head, our heart and our wallet. We need to grasp the simple truth of the Gospel with our minds, respond in our hearts and then change how we handle our money. Luther felt the last was the hardest!
Jesus Christ talked about money and possessions more than any other topic. He used 16 of His 38 parables to teach His disciples about money and possessions. 288 verses in the Gospels actually deal with money. In the Bible 500 verses talk about prayer, but 2350 on money.
Money isn’t the root of all evil at all. The love of it is the root of much evil. The Bible does not condemn money. Most of the teaching on money in the Bible deals with our attitude to it. In Matthew 6:19-34 Jesus brings out two points:-
1. That we should invest more in heavenly business than in earthly business.
2. God cares for us so we ought not to be too worried about the things of life, what we eat or wear and so on…
The richest man on earth at the time, Solomon, wrote these words in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “Whoever loves money will never have enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.”
Our faith should work out in our attitude to money – don’t love it more than God or others.
Pray: Ask the Lord to show you how you treat money.
Recommended extra reading
Money, Possessions and Eternity (Randy Alcorn)
What does the Bible really say about money? This completely revised and updated version of the classic best-seller provides a Christian perspective about money and material possessions based on the author's painstaking study of the Bible. Randy Alcorn uses the Scriptures to approach this often touchy subject head-on. Thought-provoking arguments challenge readers to rethink their attitudes and use their God-given resources in ways that will have an eternal impact. Alcorn deals straightforwardly with issues of materialism, stewardship, prosperity theology, debt, and more. An excellent choice for group study as well as individual financial guidance. Includes a study guide and appendix with additional resources.