Most people look at us like we have three heads when we tell them we teach Biblical financial principles. In their minds the only thing the Bible says about money is that it is the root of all evil. And actually, that is not even what the Bible says! The verse comes from 1 Timothy 6:10 and it reads “For the LOVE OF money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains”.
Money is not evil it is simply a tool, like a hammer. How we use it, how we think about it, how important it is to us, how much we love it and how much it takes our focus away from God can be evil. The way we use money can draw us closer to God or it can put up a wall separating us from God.
Knowing that God created and owns everything is the first important step in understanding how our money and possessions can bring us closer to God. Detaching ourselves from all the material possessions the world tells us are so important is a way to be more consciously grateful about what do we have. This detachment also helps us learn the joy of contentment as a way to escape from the materialism the world throws at us 24/7.
How we use money represents our understanding of our faith. If our financial situation takes precedence over our relationship with God, we are not handling our money in accordance with God’s plan for us.
The Bible highlights that improper behavior will distract us from our mission. These behaviors include laziness, greed, discontent, indebtedness, selfishness and idolatry. It is important to reflect on the decisions we make on a daily basis to avoid falling into these improper behaviors, which are often evidence of a spiritual problem, rather than a financial problem.
When God comes first, everything else falls into place naturally. If you ever find yourself questioning if what you are doing is right, measure it against the old “What would Jesus do?” yardstick.
We are stewards on this journey through life, and doing everything in a way that honors God (including how we manage our finances) is the best way for us to find and follow the unique plan God has for each us.