I’ve always been interested in the Bible’s take on money and worldly things. My interest in the Bible’s take on money and finances has become even more solidified through occasionally listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio program–which I believe is good for anyone to take in, for some perspective on managing personal finances.
So I decided to google, “great bible verses on money,” and I came across this list of 50 bible verses about money, debt, giving, and finances on BibleStudyTools.com. Sure, these verses probably need to be taken in the proper context to gain their true meaning, but there is a lot of wisdom here. It’s funny to me, when I come across people who act like we are in a “new age” and things are so different and “progressive,” when I find there is still so much relevancy in something “written so long ago.” I think there are some good lessons and reminders to be found.
Here’s one of the 50 that you may recognize:
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Work hard. As Americans, it’s just what we do. We are hard workers. We are driven. We are ambitious. Capitalism and the freedoms we are afforded in this country reward us for this. A lot of the world doesn’t like this. That’s not our problem. But as you are working hard and kicking ass (figuratively) in school, business, life, remember to have balance. Never lose yourself. Don’t compromise your soul. At the end of the day, and at the end of your life, money isn’t that important. It’s necessary, like air, sure. But remember that your integrity is more important that your net worth.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Mark 8:36King James Version (KJV)
Here’s another great bible verse I like to read from time to time. Whenever I’m in tough times. When I feel the world is against me. When I feel that I’m in a social situation where I’m the outsider. When a woman I wanted to date not only rejected me, but threw her new relationship in my face for months, for reasons somewhat unbeknownst to me. When I’ve been in personal or professional situations in which I’ve let my guard down and people have taken advantage and thrown me under the bus. Whenever I feel flat-out attacked, period, I find strength in this verse (among others):
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17King James Version (KJV)
For more on this verse, here’s some good analysis:
Studylight: Isaiah 54:17
NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER – REALLY?
This is one of my favorite bible verses. With all the blessings I’ve had in my life, I repeat it consistently, to remember. I’m sometimes embarrassed when I think back on the things a younger me would get upset about. But I guess that’s life. The last few years have more than reminded me of what’s important.
Many have probably heard the quote, “to whom much is given, much is required.” Well, here is the verse from which it originates:
“But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”