The Bible has more to say about money than any other subject other than love.
There is far too much to go over in one blog , so we’ll stick to five major points today.
Don’t serve money.
The overall message God tells us in his word, about money, is that we can’t serve God and money.
We are supposed to use your money to glorify God and help others.
That is, while it is good to be responsible with their money, we’re not supposed to hoard it.
As it is written: He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is Vanity. (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
Jesus also taught us: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. you cannot serve God and mammon (money)”. (Matthew 6:24)
And again in Luke 16:13, Jesus again says ” no servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money)”.
With that in mind, let’s go of the five things God wants us to do with our money.
Gving God the first fruits of our labor.
God does NOT want us to do this legalistically!
You do not have to give exactly 10% be blessed, no you bring a curse on your life if you get less as long as you give all that you can.
Tithing is supposed to be an act of love and gratitude to God. Not something done out of obligation or begrudgingly.
as it is written: every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:17)
Remember the poor Widow who only put into small coins into the offering?
Jesus said that she gave more than all because she gave all that she had to live on. (Luke 21:1-4)
Now I am not saying that God requires you or wants you to give all that you have the live on.
What God’s word teaches us is that it has to do with the attitude in which you give it.
She gave out of her love for God, not out of obligation. While the rest gave out of obligation or just to put on a show.
God doesn’t care if you only give 5% if that’s all you have to give, as long as you’re doing it with a thankful heart and in gratitude for all that God has provided you with.
At the same time, if you can afford to give more than 10% and feel led to do so, out of your love and gratitude to and for God, Then you should do so.
All of “your” money belongs to God anyway!
10% is just a guideline, a starting point.
As far as whether you should give your tithes out of your gross or net income, father leading of the Holy Spirit. Do what he leads and tells you to do in this matter.
Where do we get the 10% example or guideline from?
In Genesis 14 18-20 it is written: then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out Bread and Wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said; “Blessed Be Abram of God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he (Abram) gave him (Melchizedek) a tithe of all.
This is where we get the 10% example or guideline for are giving to God from.
God later continue this concept in the Law of Moses.
“You shall surely tithe all the Grain in that the field produces year by year” (Deuteronomy 14:22)
WORD OF WARNING!!!
Do NOT cheat God by giving less than you can afford to give!
That will bring the rebuke of the LORD upon your life.
As it is written: “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:8-12)
Remember, your tithe is a love gift of gratitude for all the blessings the LORD has given you.
2. Be Generous
The next thing guide us to do with the money is to be generous with it.
The Bible calls this giving alms.
In Acts, we read about Cornelius the Centurion who was so generous with his alms (giving) to the poor that an angel appeared to him and said, “Your prayers and alms have come up for a memorial before God” . (Acts 10:1-4)
The Bible tells us that if we sell ( give, help those around) sparingly, we will also reap sparingly.
And Isaiah 32:8, we read: but I was generous man devises generous things, and buy generosity he shall stand.
And again it says in Proverbs 11:25: the generous soul will be made rich, and he who Waters will also be watered himself.himself.
However, when we do our axes giving and generosity, remember to do them in secret.
in Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus commands us not to do our Good Deeds before men to be seen by them. But to do them in secret. Then our reward will be from God.
Our giving should be done out of love, not just to get a reward or out of obligation.
3. Save for the Future
The third thing God wants us to do with our money is to save for the future.
Hear the words written in Proverbs 6:6-8: “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which having no Captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the Harvest” .
And again Ecclesiastes 3:6 teaches us that there is: A time to gain a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to throw away.
If you do not save money for later, how are you be secure and pay your bills in the lean times in the future?
in Genesis 41:34-36, we read about Joseph’s advice to Pharaoh after he had interpreted Pharaoh’s dream.
I encourage you to look up those verses and read them for yourself.
in short, Joseph advice to Pharaoh was this: let Pharaoh store up a percentage of the grain during the seven years of plenty so that there would be food in the land during the seven years of want.
We learned by this example that saving in times of plenty will allow us to not only be secure in the future, it will also allow us to be generous and to help others during the lean times in the future.
The Bible constantly tells us to save for the future. Because there will always be lean times.
Now there is a MAJOR difference between saving and hoarding!
God’s word tells us not to store up for yourselves Treasures here on Earth. But to store them up in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
I know it’s this sounds like a contradiction – but it’s not.
saving said that you have Security in the future and so that you’ll always be able to help others is both a necessity and a good thing.
But hoarding money and sings like a miser, is selfish and destructive!
In Luke 12:16-21, we read the parable of the rich farmer.
in it, Jesus tells about a rich farmer who had a record crop. But instead of selling it, using it or giving some to the poor, she hoarded it all for himself by tearing down his barns and building bigger ones. He intended to be lazy, not work, and keep his stuff for himself. But God said to him “You fool! This night your soul is required of you; then whose will these things be which you have provided?” So is he who lays up treasure for himself but is not generous to God.
Again, I encourage you to look up this Parable and study it for yourself.
The difference once again, is the motivation of the heart.
Are you saving so you can have the biggest and the best, so you can have more than you need? Or are you saving it to make sure you can always help others and hopefully have food, shelter and clothing?
In other words: to provide for yourself, your family, your neighbors and your friends.
4. Provide for Your Own
which brings us to the fourth thing God requires us to do with our money: provide for your families.
Both in life and in death.
God tells us in his word that if a person does not provide for their own, they are worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)
Which is the main reason we need to save for the future.
Who is going to provide for your family should you get hurt or pass away?
As I said before, it is our duty as Believers to make sure our family is provided for. Whether that means working for someone else, for yourself, or for God.
It is it is our duty to make sure that our families have everything they need and to make sure that we’re responsible to watch out for them, close them, and help them get the best education possible.
5. Do Business
The final thing God expects us to do with our money that was discussed today is: To do business.
In Matthew 25:14-30, We read about the parable of the talents.
In this familiar parable, the ruler gives one servant five talents, another servant he gave two talents, and to a third servant, he gave one talent. The servant given five talents, gained five more. And the servant given to talents, gained two more. But the servant who was given one talent, hid his talent in the ground and did nothing with it. when the ruler came back, he found that both the servants he gave the five talents and the two talents to both gained five more and two more prospectively. but the servant who the ruler gave only one talent to try to give the one Talent back to his master and explaining that he hid his master’s money because he was afraid of him.
in Matthew 25:26-29, we read the rulers response.
“But his lord answered him and said “You wicked and lazy servant! you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed. Therefore, you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. therefore take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents. For everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has (thinks he has), will be taken away.
So easy by this scripture, God wants us to use the money he puts in our care wisely.
God wants us to do business with our money so we can gain more to give back to:
A. Give back to God
B. To help others by giving them a job
C. To support those in need.
D. To sow into God’s Kingdom.
God’s word tells us over and over again: too much is given, much is required.
In summary, God wants us to:
- Give him the first fruits of our finances
- To be generous with “our” money
- Save for the future may bring
- Provide for our families and those in need
- Do business with “our” money
Just like with anything else, He will not trust you with more if you don’t handle what you have wisely.
Think about it, you wouldn’t trust your kids with your money if they’re always blowing through theirs.
Nor would you let them drive your car if they keep racing and wrecking there’s.
If you wouldn’t trust an irresponsible child with more responsibility, why would God?
I’ll leave you with this scripture from Proverbs 31:13-23:
She seeks out wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is still night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; from her profits, she plants a Vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out at night. She reaches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.