How Should Christians Use Their Money?
are some still living that can remember the period known to history as the “Great
Depression.” This economic collapse, during which one out of every four people
lost jobs, the stock market crashed, and many committed suicide in the face of
financial ruin is the worst financial crisis in recent history. While I was
not alive during those years, the economic crisis which has come in the last
few years is the worst that my generation has ever known. Many have seen their
retirement accounts plunge in value, many have lost jobs, and certain financial
demands have hot the family budget as many have not experienced before.
light of this current situation, the elders asked me some time back if I would
do a lesson on the subject of how a Christian should use his or her money.
There is no question, whether we are talking about marriage relationships or
political affairs the use of money is often a source of great conflict and
hardship. Yet, as with all things, the Bible can offer us guidelines to help
us determine how the Lord would have us to use our money.
Priorities. Let’s start our consideration by looking
at a few priorities which must govern all of our decisions about money.
cannot serve God and Mammon (Matthew 6:24).
love of money is a root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:6-10).
Giving. God has not given us resources and the ability to
earn a living purely for our own benefit.
are given skill to work to have something to give to others (Ephesians
in the church is to he offered with purpose of heart (2 Corinthians
size of the gift is not what makes it acceptable to the Lord (Mark
are to do good to all, as we have opportunity (Galatians 6:10).
will reap as we have sown (2 Corinthians 9:6).
Stewardship. The steward of Bible times was a servant
entrusted with the Master’s goods, and held responsible for the use of these
goods (cf. Parable of the Talents).
that we are given is a trust from God (Psalm 24:1).
is given authority over his possessions (Acts 5:3-4).
dept is a trap Christians should avoid (Prov. 22:26-27).
must honor their financial commitments (Matthew 5:33-37).
must not presume what we cannot know (James 4:13-16).
Leisure & Entertainment. In
spite of the responsibilities we have regarding our money it is not that God
does not want us to have any enjoyment from the work we are given to do.
may deny blessings fueled by desires (James 4:1-3).
is good for God’s people to enjoy fruits of their labor (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20).
look for more than “passing pleasures” (Heb. 11:24-26)