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)