One of the very first things we discuss during our nine-week Bible study (Navigating Your Finances God’s Way) is that God cares about how we handle our finances. Most people are astounded when they find out that there are over 2,500 verses which address God’s way of handling money and possession. That’s more verses than there are on both faith and prayer combined!
Here are the 3 Most Important Things the Bible Tells Us About Money.
(1) It Affects Our Relationship with the Lord – You can live a spiritual life; love the Lord, go to church, pray and read the bible, but if you are not living according to God’s will with your wallet, then you are not serving the Lord. Enjoy a closer relationship with Christ by handling your money according to the scriptures. In the Bible, Jesus relates our money with the quality of our spiritual life.
“If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth?” – Luke 16:11
(2) Money Competes with God – What has first place in your life? God or Money and Possessions? In our materialistic society where ‘stuff’ is so important, money and possessions often compete for first place with Christ. Our 9-week Bible Study will show you that you are only able to serve one master and it should be the Lord our God.
“You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24
With advertising companies building the dream of material possessions, many people fall victim to the urges of purchasing and spending to find the fulfillment that can only be found in God. Seek him above all else.
(3) Be A Good Steward – God wants us to be smart about our money; just as he wants us to be conscious about how we treat people and how we live our lives like Christ. Giving, saving, spending and making money according to God’s plan is part of our responsibility as a steward. When you are face-to-face with him on your last day, don’t you want to hear the following?
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’” Matthew 25:23
The Navigating Your Finances God’s Way Bible Study helps you learn these and many more principles that will bring your faith to life. Check out our website to learn more: Compass Catholic.org.
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Jon & Evelyn.
Jon & Evelyn, Thank you so much for this information on money. I never thought I would have to look for information on this topic. I am a mother of four. My oldest almost 37, two others in between and then my youngest who will be 21 this coming June. It is with my youngest that I , nor my husband can get through to with regards to money. Please pray for him, my husband and I need all the prayers we can get for him. He seems to love money. He has a job working with children and is a college student, but is always looking for any opportunity to work on the weekend or after his hours at his job. Just a few days ago he wanted to call in sick to go make 150 dollars hauling trash. He has no expenses here at home and spends every last penny of his monthly check. I know what your thinking, “He needs to learn responsibilities” I know that, but how do we give him responsibility to pay for at least his cell phone if he doesn’t even make enough for his spending? Please keep us in prayer. His name is Thomas. Thank you both and God bless you.
Our latest blog and podcast from January 30th, 2019 are about funding your adult child’s lifestyle. As long as you are paying for your son’s needs (his phone) he has no reason to become financially responsible. It’s time for you and your husband to set deadlines for making him financially responsible for his own spending. This can be done over time – one thing each month. But once you define the deadline and communicate it to him, you and your husband need to stick to it! We’ll be praying for all three of you! Stay in touch.