Jesus has spoken about money in many of His teachings, and the Bible is loaded with passages that talk about money. This is because money can be really dangerous for us. In Matthew 6:19-21 we read, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It is also said in the Bible that it is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (Matthew 19:24 gain I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”).
It is not good to depend on money. In (1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.), we learn that the love of money is the root of all evil. Believe it or not, money can kill us, and it reveals our hearts. The Bible also tells us that we cannot serve two masters, for either we will hate the one and love the other, or we will be devoted to one and despise the other. The Bible is clear—we cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). There is something about money that can darken our hearts. It can blind us from seeing the true treasure that is in Christ. Serving money can lead to destruction. It makes us greedy and prevents us from cherishing the truly valuable things in life such as salvation, peace, love, and family.
Serving money is prioritizing money above all else. Many households have been broken because the parents are too committed to making money. Pursuing money all of our lives is a waste of time, and chasing after material things brings only temporary satisfaction. Instead of dedicating our lives to advancing the Kingdom of God and providing a helping hand to our neighbor, we become selfish. If we want more money than more of God, then we need to repent and ask for forgiveness from Him.
The Bible tells us that we are to sell our possessions and give to the needy. Luke 12:32-34 tells us, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with bags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (ESV).
Christians are to provide themselves with treasures and moneybags that never fail, and we are to give to the needy. We need to lay up treasures in heaven. Remember that we can’t take money with us to heaven, as money has no value there. Even golden streets and pearls will look ordinary in heaven. Do you know the best thing about heaven? It is about God and worshipping Him eternally. Loving money more than loving God and neighbor is indeed very dangerous. Paul tells us in Hebrews that we should keep our lives free from the love of money and be content with what we have, for the Lord has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear;what can man do to me?”). Among all people and organizations on earth, Christians should be the most giving, generous, and trustworthy.
We must prioritize God first before money. The Bible teaches us that we also need to be able to save money. Saving money is a wise practice. As long as we do not make it our master, money can be very useful. Take note that God has held us accountable for how we use our resources. Saving money is important because it demonstrates good stewardship of the things or resources that the Lord has given us. But saving money should not be a hindrance in providing a lending hand to our neighbors.
Money should not become our God, and we must know how to control it rather than have it control us. Proverbs 6:6-8 tells us, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” (ESV).
To fully understand the value of saving money, we need to take note of what the Bible has to say about giving. We are to give cheerfully! (2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.). Bear in mind that it is impossible to out-give God. Remember what Luke 6:38 says, “For the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Money does not solve all your troubles in life. Store treasures in heaven and give. Experience the freedom that comes from the Holy Spirit and not from money. Increase your knowledge in the Lord, and your joy will surely be increased as well.