Bible Verses About Money: 9 Practical Principles You Need to Know

July 11, 2018
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Bible Verses About Money: 9 Practical Principles You Need to Know

Generosity

Bible Verses About Money: 9 Practical Principles You Need to Know

God talks an awful lot about money in the Bible.

In fact, there are more than 2,000 scriptures on giving, money, and possessions in the Old and New Testaments. If you’re doing the math, God spoke more often about money than he did about faith and prayer combined.Needless to say, there is no shortage of tithing scriptures in the Bible.

There are good reasons God chose to speak about money frequently. But we wrote about that elsewhere, and we encourage to dive into the frequently asked questions about tithing and giving to read our thoughts.

As far as we know, no one argues if Christians should be generous. However, many people have discussed whether or not Christians are required to tithe.

Before tackling the response to this question, let’s take a moment to answer a foundational question to this conversation.

What is a tithe?

When was the last time you used the word “tithe” in a conversation?

If I were a gambling man, I’d bet never.  

The word “tithe” isn’t often thrown around in everyday conversations. But this doesn’t mean it’s not a significant concept to understand as a Christian. Don’t let the "old" sound of the word throw you off. It’s straightforward to understand.

Here's the definition: A “tithe” is a tenth.

Easy, right?

Now, when you hear the Church talk about “tithing,” they make be talking about giving in general, but they’re usually referring to donating a tenth of your income. And this is where things get… messy.

When you hear the Church talk about tithing, you might react like many do—unless you grew up in the Church—who naturally ask, “Do I need to tithe?”

This is a fair question, and unless someone is pointing a gun at you, it’s okay to ask. I mean, it’s not every day you give someone or an organization 10% of your income. So, what is a tithe according to the Bible?

Are Christians required to tithe?

Several responses have been developed to this question over the years. But most Christians believe one of these two responses below.

1. Christians are commanded to tithe

The argument: The tithe began in the Old Testament and carried on by Jesus Christ.

The foundation of this argument stands on two pillars:

First, the argument is made that the requirement to tithe was made before the Mosaic covenant (Gen. 14; 28; Heb. 7:1). If this true, then this means the tithe was not abolished in Christ and is still in force today.

Second, this position argues that Jesus affirmed the continuation of the tithe (Matt. 23:23). If Jesus upheld the tithe, then Christians are commanded to tithe today.

People who believe this position do not believe that Christians should not give more than a tithe or to other causes outside of the local church. The people who believe this position generally believe in the continuation of the tithe from the Old Testament.

2. Christians are commanded to give generously

The argument: Christians are called to give generously, but they’re not commanded to tithe.

This position boils down to two main points:

First, the tithes that were given by Abraham (Gen. 14) and Jacob (Gen. 28) are descriptions; not prescriptions. In other words, there is no additional evidence that Abraham and Jacob continued to tithe or that their actions were binding for others then or today.

Second, the New Testament does not command Christians to tithe. When giving is referenced in the New Testament, Christians are commanded to give generously (2 Cor. 8–9), but they are not commanded to tithe.

What am I supposed to do?

There are strengths and weaknesses in the two positions above, and the length of this blog post is not sufficient to cover them all. Hopwfully you will understand what is a tithe according to the Bible by the time you leave, but know that you'll likely spend more time researching, talking, and praying before you come to your own conclusion. 

Regardless if you believe you’re commanded to tithe or give generously, we pray you follow the Lord with a clear conscience, give generously, and support your local church and other causes as you’re able.

What percentage of Christians tithe?

Today, most Christians don’t tithe. 

This isn’t a judgement. 

Just an observation. 

Consider these statistics:

When you place your faith in Christ, you will—in time–be transformed into a generous giver. This doesn’t mean you'll always be in a position to give 10 percent of your income. But it does mean that you’ll be transformed into a giver.  

There are several reasons why you may not be able to give as much as you like:

  • You’re in a difficult financial season
  • You’re growing in your faith in Christ
  • You don’t trust your local church leaders
  • You don’t know why you should give

After you read this post, prayerfully consider your situation. Read the verses below. Study the different scriptures about giving and generosity. Reach out to your pastor or Christian community to answer your questions or to seek accountability. 

106 Scriptures about tithing in the Bible, giving, and generosity

Do you need verses on tithing in the Bible to make the offering in your church more meaningful? Or maybe you’re looking to use scriptures on giving and generosity in your daily devotions? What about Bible verses you can use as part of a Bible study you release in your church app?

Regardless of what you’re looking for, here are over 100 scriptures on tithing in the Bible.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), but sometimes just knowing it isn't enough. We need our hearts to be moved. We need to hear stories and see examples. We need God's Word, the Bible, to inspire us. We need to learn what God says about tithing in the Bible.

Old Testament scriptures on tithing in the Bible

  1. Genesis 14:19–20: (The first tithe) And he blessed him and said,“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
  2. Genesis 28:20–22: (Jacob offers a tithe) Jacob made a vow (to God), "If God will be with me and will watch over me…all that You give me I will give You a tenth.”
  3. Exodus 35:5: From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering.
  4. Exodus 35:21: Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work.
  5. Exodus 35:5: From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering.

From what you have, take an offering for the lord. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the lord an offering.

Exodus 35:5
  1. Exodus 35:22: All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.
  2. Exodus 35:29: All the men and women who were willing brought to the LORD freewill offerings for all the work the LORD…had commanded them to do.
  3. Leviticus 27:30: (The tithe is introduced into law) A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
  4. Leviticus 27:32: The entire tithe of the herd and flock-- every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod-- will be holy to the LORD.
  5. Numbers 18:21: I give to the Levites (ministers) all the tithes…in return for the work they do while serving (the Lord).
  6. Numbers 18:26: (The Levites tithe) Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, “When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe.”
  7. Deuteronomy 12:5–7: Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored. There you will bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your voluntary offerings, and your offerings of the firstborn animals of your herds and flocks. There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you.
  8. Deuteronomy 14:22–23: You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.
  9. Deuteronomy 14:27–29: At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.
  10. Amos 4:4–5: (God requires more than the tithe) “Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them; for so you love to do, O people of Israel!” declares the Lord God.
  11. 2 Chronicles 31:4–5: And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.
  12. 2 Chronicles 31:6: The men…brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the LORD their God, and they piled them in heaps…When King Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps, they praised the LORD and blessed God’s people.
  13. 2 Chronicles 31:12: God’s people faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.
  14. Nehemiah 10:35–37: We obligate ourselves to bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord; also to bring to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God, the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and of our flocks; and to bring the first of our dough, and our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our towns where we labor.
  15. Nehemiah 12:43–44: (God’s people) offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing…could be heard far away.  Men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, first fruits and tithes.
  16. Nehemiah 12:47: All (of God’s people) contributed the daily portions for the singers, gatekeepers…Levites (ministers).
  17. Nehemiah 13:11–12: I rebuked the officials and asked them, "Why is the house of God neglected?" Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts.  All (God’s people) brought the tithes…into the storerooms.
  18. Malachi 3:7–9: Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, 'How are we to return?'  "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse-- the whole nation of you-- because you are robbing me.
  19. Malachi 3:10–12: Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.
  20. Malachi 3:11–12: (God says to those who bring him tithes and offerings) “I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty.  "Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land.”
  21. 1 Kings 17:13, 8–16: Elijah said to (the starving widow woman), "Don't be afraid…first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry’…She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.
  22. Exodus 36:3–6: The people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.  So all the skilled craftsmen who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left their work and said to Moses, "The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done."  Then Moses gave an order…"No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary." And so the people were restrained from bringing more.
  23. Malachi 1:6–7: "A son honors his father, a servant honors his master. I am your Father and Master, yet you don't honor me…you despise my name." "Who? Us?" you say. "When did we ever despise your name?"  "When you offer polluted sacrifices on my altar." "Polluted sacrifices? When have we ever done a thing like that?" "Every time you say, 'Don't bother bringing anything very valuable to offer to God!'”
  24. Malachi 1:8–10: (God’s ministers tell people) 'Lame animals are all right to offer on the altar of the Lord-- yes, even the sick and the blind ones.' And you claim this isn't evil? Try it on your governor sometime-- give him gifts like that-- and see how pleased he is!… I have no pleasure in you," says the Lord Almighty, "and I will not accept your offerings.”
  25. Malachi 1:11: “My name will be honored…from morning till night. All around the world people will offer…pure offerings in honor of my name. For my name shall be great among the nations," says the Lord Almighty.
  26. Malachi 1:12–13: (Ministers dishonor God by telling people) God’s altar is not important and encouraging people to bring cheap, sick animals to offer to God.  "You say, 'Oh, it's too difficult to serve the Lord and do what he asks.' And you turn up your noses at the rules he has given you to obey. Think of it! Stolen animals, lame and sick-- as offerings to God! Should I accept such offerings as these?" asks the Lord.
  27. Malachi 1:14: “Cursed is that man who promises a fine ram from his flock and substitutes a sick one to sacrifice to God. For I am a Great King," says the Lord Almighty, "and my name is to be mightily revered among the people of the world."
  28. Haggai 1:4: "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while (God’s) house remains a ruin?"
  29. Haggai 1:5–8: This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."  This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways…build (My) house…so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored.”
  30. Haggai 1:9–11: "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.  Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops.  I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands."
  31. Proverbs 11:24–25: One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Proverbs 11:24–25
  1. Proverbs 3:9–10: Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
  2. Proverbs 18:9: One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
  3. Proverbs 22:9: A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
  4. Proverbs 28:22: A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.
  5. Proverbs 28:27: He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.
  6. 1 Chronicles 29:2–3: (King David said to God’s people) “With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold…silver…bronze…iron…wood…onyx…turquoise…all kinds of fine stone and marble-- all of these in large quantities.  In my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided.
  7. 1 Chronicles 29:5–8: (King David said to the leaders) “Who is willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?"  Then the leaders of families…officers…commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds…and the officials…gave willingly.  They gave toward the work on the temple of God gold…silver…bronze…iron.  Any who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the LORD.
  8. 1 Chronicles 29:9: The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
  9. 1 Chronicles 29:11–12: Everything in heaven and earth is Yours, O LORD.  Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
  10. 1 Chronicles 29:13–14: (David prayed to God) “God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  "But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
  11. 1 Chronicles 29:16: LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
  12. I Chronicles 29:17: (David prayed to God) “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these (offerings) I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”
  13. Ezra 2:68–69: Families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God.  According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work.
  14. Deuteronomy 28:12: The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
  15. Deuteronomy 28:13: The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
  16. Psalm 50:10: Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills…the creatures of the field are mine… the world is mine, and all that is in it.
  17. Deuteronomy 8:18: Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
  18. Deuteronomy 16:10: Celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you.
  19. Deuteronomy 16:16: No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed.
  20. Deuteronomy 16:17: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.
  21. 1 Samuel 30:24: The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.
  22. Isaiah 32:8: The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

Isaiah 32:8

Tithing in the New Testament

  1. Matthew 23:23: "Woe to you, teachers of the law…You give a tenth…But you have neglected the more important matters-- justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
  2. Luke 6:38: If you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give-- large or small-- will be used to measure what is given back to you.
  3. Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
  4. Luke 18:9–14: He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
  5. Matthew 6:1–4: Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
  6. 2 Corinthians 8:2–2: Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
  7. 2 Corinthians 8:5: They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.
  8. 2 Corinthians 8:7: Just as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us-- see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
  9. 2 Corinthians 8:9: You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
  10. 2 Corinthians 8:10–11: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.  Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
  11. 2 Corinthians 8:12: If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:12
  1. 2 Corinthians 8:20–21: We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.  For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
  2. 2 Corinthians 9:5: I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.
  3. 2 Corinthians 9:6: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
  4. 2 Corinthians 9:7: Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
  5. 2 Corinthians 9:8: God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
  6. 2 Corinthians 9:10: Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
  7. 2 Corinthians 9:11: You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
  8. 2 Corinthians 9:12: This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
  9. 2 Corinthians 9:13: Men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
  10. Matthew 6:25: (Jesus said) "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
  11. Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  12. Matthew 6:27–31: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'   For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
  13. Matthew 6:33–34: Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (food, clothing, drink) will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  14. Mark 12:41–44: 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. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.  Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-- all she had to live on."
  15. 1 Corinthians 16:2: On every Lord's Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.
  16. 1 Timothy 6:6–8: Godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
  17. 1 Timothy 6:9: People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
  18. 1 Timothy 6:10: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
  19. 1 Timothy 6:17–19: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
  20. Matthew 6:19–21: (Jesus said) "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  21. Matthew 6:21: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  22. Hebrews 6:10: God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
  23. Acts 2:44–45: All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
  24. Acts 4:34–35: There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
  25. Acts 4:36: Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.
  26. Romans 12:13: Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
  27. Hebrews 13:16: Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
  28. Hebrews 7:1–2: For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.
  29. I John 3:17: If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

I John 3:17
  1. Luke 18:22–25: When Jesus heard this, he said to the rich young ruler, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."  When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.  Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
  2. Luke 11:42: But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
  3. Galatians 6:6:Those who are taught the Word of God should help their teachers by paying them.
  4. Galatians 6:6: Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.
  5. Matthew 25:35–40: I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'  "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’…"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
  6. Acts 20:35: (Remember Jesus’ words when he said) “It is more blessed to give than to receive.

There you have it. More info on what a tithe is according to the Bible along with plenty of scriptures to help you both understand tithing as well as generous giving based on Biblical principals and commands.

Over 100 Bible verses on tithing, giving, and generosity.

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Bible Verses About Money: 9 Practical Principles You Need to Know

Money, money, money.

You think about money.

You work for money.

You save money.

You spend money.

You tithe your money.

You stress over money.

Even though money isn’t an essential thing in your life. A significant portion of your life will revolve around earning, saving, giving, and spending money. So your relationship with money isn’t something you can just brush aside as unspiritual or unnecessary.  

To help you manage your money well, we reviewed over a hundred Bible verses about money, money management, and money trouble to see what God has to say about this critical piece of life.

In this post, we’re going to address these three big topics:

  1. What is money?
  2. Why does the church talk so much about money?
  3. What does the Bible say about money?

Now, when it comes to breaking down what the Bible has to say about money, we identified the following nine principles you need to know:

  1. God owns everything
  2. Money is a tool
  3. Worship with your money
  4. Get that money
  5. Fight for contentment
  6. Kill greed in your heart
  7. Be mindful of debt
  8. Manage your finances
  9. Mo’ money, mo’ problems

This post is a doozy, and it will take you 10 minutes or more to read.

Let’s get ready to dig in!

What is money?

In short, money is a medium of exchange.

It’s an agreed upon item you can use to make a purchase, trade, or pay off a debt. The medium of exchange will differ in many countries. What is more, the use of money makes it a whole lot easier to get what you need instead of having swap your pet dog for a box of cereal.

Here’s one thing you need to know about money: It’s amoral.

Money doesn’t have a life. It cannot act on its own. It cannot do good deeds, and it cannot commit crimes. Basically, it’s neither good or bad.

Money can only do what you tell it to do.

Money is not the root of all evil. But the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10).

If the concept of money is so simple and it doesn’t have a power emanating from its core drawing us to it, then why do we sweat over money so much? Why does the church talk so often about money? These are great questions, which leads me to my next point.

Why does the Church talk so much about money?

There are two good reasons why the Church talks so often about money.

First, the reason the Church talks about money is because God talks about money.

Consider these statistics:

  • 16 out of 38 of Jesus’ parables deal with money and possessions
  • Nearly 25% of Jesus’ words in the New Testament deal with biblical stewardship
  • 1 out of 10 verses in the Gospels deal with money
  • There are more than 2,000 scriptures on tithing in the Bible, money, and possessions in the Bible, which is twice as many as faith and prayer combined

Many verses in the Bible talk about money, and for a good reason too, which leads me to my next point.

Second, money is frequently discussed in the Bible because there’s a direct correlation between the way we handle our money and our faith. In the words of Jesus, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34).

When it comes to money, we will either worship wealth or worship with our wealth.

Read that again. There’s a big difference between the two.

 

From the seduction of success to the lure of lust, many things in this world will vie for your affection and devotion. But the most significant idol you will face is money (Matt. 6:24).

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God desires our devotion, and he knows you will come face-to-face with the temptation of money, which is why he speaks so often about it.

Money itself may be amoral. But it’s our attachment to and our worship of money that will lead us into sin and making poor financial decisions.

9 things the Bible says about money

After reviewing Bible verses about money, there are a nine big principles that come to the surface, including:

  1. God owns everything
  2. Money is about discipleship
  3. Worship with your money
  4. Get that money
  5. Fight for contentment
  6. Kill greed in your heart
  7. Be mindful of debt
  8. Manage your finances
  9. Mo’ money, mo’ problems

What the Bible has to say about money isn’t limited to these nine principles.

Remember, there are roughly 2,000 Bible verses about money and possessions, which means there are way more nuances talked about in the Bible than these nine.

All I’m saying is that these nine principles appear to be the most prominent.

#1. God owns everything

God doesn’t talk about money because he’s broke and needs a helping hand. Far from it. God owns everything (Ex. 19:5).

Since God is the rightful owner of everything we have, this means the money we earn actually belongs to God. Practically speaking, God calls us to manage the money we accumulate on his behalf. This is the essence of biblical stewardship.

Exodus 19:5:

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine.

Job 41:11:

Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.

Psalm 24:1:   

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,

1 Timothy 4:3-5:

Who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

#2. Money is about discipleship

Money is a tool God uses to help us live and love like Jesus.

Regardless of how much—or how little—money you have, God is at work in your life through your circumstances. He is leading you to a deeper trust in him. This is exactly what we see in Philippians 4:11-12:

"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need."

Are you struggling financially? Or are you swimming in a financial abundance?

Regardless of your situation, instead of asking “why” or just saying “thanks,” be sure to ask God what you can learn since there is a connection between your faith and money.

Matthew 6:24:   

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Luke 12:34:

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Luke 16:11-12:

"If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?"

#3. Worship with your money

In Bible verses about putting your hope in money, you’re going to come across a ton of warnings:

  • “Be careful!”
  • “Guard your heart!”
  • “Don’t be a fool with your money!”

If you’re not careful, it can be easy to place your hope in money. Money is something we can hold in our hands or look at in our bank account. We feel the weight of its absence or possess a sense of self-sufficiency when we have it in abundance.

When it comes to money, wealthy people are not the only ones who will be tempted to sin. Regardless of how much money you have, you’ll be tempted to sin in different ways.

Instead of placing your hope in money or whatever generates income, place your hope in God. He owns everything, and he will provide you with what you need to live your life for him.

Check out these Bible verses about putting your hope in money:

1 Samuel 2:7:

"The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.”

#4. Fight for contentment

It’s difficult to be content—with yourself, with your work, with your family, and with your possessions.

We are bombarded with a slew of messages and images everywhere we go that entice us to pursue something “better.”

From wanting a new car, getting a bigger house, or coveting a promotion at work, the world we live in compels us to be dissatisfied with who we are and what we have.

Discontentment may not sound like a big deal on the surface. But it’s a subtle sin leading us to desire more or something different, yet it leaves us lacking and empty-handed in the end.

Living in a state of discontentment can tempt you to take on unnecessary debt, cheat on your spouse, or make unwise decisions at work in an attempt to get ahead.

Now ,contentment is more than just being happy with who you are and what you have—contentment is rooted in God’s love for you. It's learning to be satisfied wholly in Christ regardless if you have a little or a lot of money.

In Bible verses about contentment, we learn two essential truths:

  1. You have to fight for contentment
  2. You can be content

In your fight for contentment, God will empower you to obtain this mysterious and elusive virtue. It’s not something beyond your reach. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “I can do all thing through him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).

Here is a list of Bible verses about contentment to help you fight for contentment:

Job 36:11:

"If they listen and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness.”

Proverbs 19:23:

"The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.”

Psalm 37:16-17:  

"Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10:

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Philippians 4:11-13:

"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:19:

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

1 Timothy 6:6-12:

"But godliness with contentment is great gain, or we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."

#5. Get that money

We’ve written at length on scriptures about work.

In short, here’s what you need to know: In general, you need to work to earn money.

Some people are unable to work for different reasons. Whether it’s an illness or physical handicap, you may be unable to obtain gainful employment.

To support people who are unable to provide for him or herself, in general, God has provided three different layers of support:

  1. The family
  2. The church
  3. The state

Without getting into the details about the biblical view of wealth and poverty, we do find many examples and commands in the Bible verses about money about taking care of the poor, widows, and orphans. God has provided a safety net for people in three different ways: the family, the church, and the state.

Now, on the other side of this coin, we also observe many examples and commands in the Bible encouraging Christians to work diligently. Since we are created in the image of God, we are hardwired to work, to create. What is more, God has commanded us to work.

When it comes to God’s command to work, it was given before sin entered the world and the human heart. Work is rooted in God’s good created order.

There are many positive benefits associated with gainful employment. However, since sin has entered the world, we will be tempted to worship work (make it our god), reject work (become lazy), or twist work (do something sinful).

In Christ, God redeems work.

He took the “thorns and thistles” we work among (Gen. 1:18), and he wore a crown of thorns on his head as a reminder that he is the “Kind of kings and the Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:16).

Practically, this means through faith in Jesus, you will be empowered to glorify God in your work and for the good of others.

Check out these verses about providing for the poor, and working hard for your money:

Exodus 22:22:

"You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.”

Exodus 22:25:   

“If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him."

Deuteronomy 22:22:   

“If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.”

Deuteronomy 23:19:   

“You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest.”

Deuteronomy 24:20:

"When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.”

Proverbs 10:22:

"The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”

Proverbs 11:14:

"Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

Proverbs 13:11:

"Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”

Proverbs 17:16:

"Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense?”

Proverbs 22:1:   

"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”

Psalm 49:10-12:   

"For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others. Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names. Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.”

Malachi 3:5:   

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.”

Matthew 19:21-26:

"Jesus said to him, 'If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.' When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

And Jesus said to his disciples, 'Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.' When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, 'Who then can be saved?' But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

Matthew 21:12-13:   

"And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, 'It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.’”

Luke 3:14:

"Soldiers also asked him, 'And we, what shall we do?' And he said to them, 'Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.’”

Luke 12:33:

"Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.”

Acts 4:34:

"There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.”

Acts 6:1:   

"Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.”

Acts 8:20:

"But Peter said to him, 'May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!’”

Acts 20:35:

"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Galatians 6:5:

"For each will have to bear his own load.”

1 Timothy 5:3-10:   

"Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work."

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19:   

"As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6-14:  

"Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.”

James 1:27:

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

1 John 2:15-17:   

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

Revelation 3:17:

"For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked."

#6. Kill greed in your heart

Who is a greedy person?

Is it a politician?

How about the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company?

Or are athletes, musicians, or actors or actresses greedy?

Regardless of what image comes to your mind, here’s one thing you need to know about greed: It’s not good, and you’ll have to fight it off in your life.

 

Greed is bad, and it’s something every single one of us will have to fight in our life. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:5).

There’s a good chance you probably don’t think you have a greed problem. But let me ask you these questions:

  • Are you satisfied with how much money you make?
  • Do you want to purchase more things?
  • Does your desire for more money and possessions choke out your interest in God?

In life, the presence of greed will come and go in waves, which is why it’s a good idea to keep your finger on the pulse of your heart and to kill the presence of sin in your life with the antidote of the gospel.

Genesis 12:1-3:  

Now the LORD said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”

Deuteronomy 8:18:

"You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

Proverbs 15:27:

"Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.”

Proverbs 28:22:

"A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.”

Proverbs 28:25:

"A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched.”

Matthew 13:22:

"As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”

Mark 7:21-22:

"For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.”

Luke 12:13-21:

"Someone in the crowd said to him, 'Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’But he said to him, 'Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?' And he said to them, 'Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.' And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Romans 7:7:   

"What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, 'You shall not covet.’”

1 Corinthians 5:11:

"But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10:   

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Ephesians 5:5:

"For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

1 Timothy 6:10:

"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

1 Timothy 6:17-18:

"As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share."

1 Thessalonians 2:5:

"For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.”

Hebrews 13:5:

"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Peter 5:2-3:

"Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.”

2 Peter 2:14-15:

"They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing.”

James 5:1-6:   

"Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you."

#7. Be mindful of debt

There’s a good chance you have financial debt.

How can I make such a bold statement?

Simple.

According to research, total household debt in the United States was $13.15 trillion at the end of 2017. So there’s a good chance you have some debt.

Since debt is so common in the United States, and a the leading cause of financial stress, it’s essential to get God’s perspective on debt so that you can best manage your finances.

So what does the Bible say about debt?

After you review the verses below, you’ll discover three principles:

  1. God does not forbid debt
  2. God does highly caution against debt
  3. Taking on debt is generally a bad thing

Even though God doesn't forbid debt, you still want to be cautious when you consider taking on debt. It’s also a good idea to seek the advice of a financial advisor or godly counsel to speak into your financial situation.

If you are in debt (not including your mortgage), prayerfully consider the steps you can take to get out of debt as soon as possible—especially when it comes to paying off credit cards.

Deuteronomy 28:12:

"The LORD will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”

Ecclesiastes 5::4:   

"When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.”

Proverbs 6:1-5:   

"My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”

Proverbs 20:16:

"Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.”

Proverbs 22:7:

"The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.”

Proverbs 22:26:

"Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts.”

Psalm 37:21:   

"The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives.”

Matthew 5:42:

"Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”

Matthew 6:24:   

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Luke 6:35:

"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”

Luke 14:28:

"For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”

Romans 13:7-8:

"Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law."

#8. Manage your money

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one Bible verse about money management that would deliver you from all of your financial worries? I wish there was something I can share, but this isn’t the case—at all.

To manage your money, there are two steps you need to take:

  1. Make a plan
  2. Work your plan

First, you need a plan.

In your plan, you need to answer the following questions:

After you know your income and expenses, here are four more questions you should consider:

  • What costs can you reduce?
  • How much more money can you pay toward your debts?
  • Can you give more money to your church or a nonprofit organization?
  • How can you save more money?

These steps will help you make a plan, and there are many personal budget templates you can find online to guide your efforts.

Second, after you make a plan, you have to work your plan.

For this step, you have to look in the mirror and realize there’s no one else in your life who can take responsibility for your financial situation.

 

You have to pay your bills.

You have to use mobile giving or online giving to your church.

You have to fight the temptation of accumulating more debt.

Thankfully, you’re not left alone in your decisions. You can find forgiveness for poor financial choices in Christ, and you can be hopeful that he will help you to get out of your financial troubles.

Deuteronomy 15:7:   

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother.”

Ecclesiastes 7:12:

"For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.”

Proverbs 3:9-10:   

"Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

Proverbs 10:4:

"A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

Proverbs 14:8:

"The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.”

Luke 14:28-30:

"For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’"

#9. Mo’ money, mo’ problems

We’re prone to worry about money, which makes perfect sense.

From the increase in cost of living, taking on too much debt, to unexpected expenses, there are a ton of reasons why we may feel anxious about our financial situation.

Naturally, to resolve our situation, the first thing many of us do—including myself—is to think about making more money.

If I could only get a raise.

It would be awesome if I scored that sweet promotion.

I’d love to score big on the lottery one day.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a high-paying side hustle?

These are some thoughts that may go through your mind from time-to-time (though I’m not advocating for gambling). But here’s the deal about making more money:

Acquiring more money may not fix your financial problems.

According to Richard Watts, author of Fables of Fortune, more money may actually cause you more problems.

Making more money sounds good on the surface, and it may be the best course of action you can take. But it’s not the silver bullet to every financial problem.

To solve your financial problems, Bible verses about money worries encourage us to take this first step:

Trust the Lord.

I know this sounds trite, but hear me out.

Yes, you’ll need to make a plan, curve your spending, and get out of debt. But the heart of your problem isn’t your finances.

The heart of your problem is whether or not you’re worshipping your money or worshiping with your money.

Here’s what we learn about God and our money from the Bible verses about money trouble:

  • God will provide for you
  • God is aware of your financial situation
  • God will forgive you if you’ve made sinful financial choices
  • God doesn’t want you to worry about money
  • God wants you to know that life is more about your relationship with God
  • God wants you to seek him first before you go after more money

Today, if youre feeling stress about your financial situation, take a moment to read these Bible verses about money worries, meditate on them, and take a break to pray.

1 Chronicles 29:14:   

“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”

Ecclesiastes 5:10:   

"He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”

Proverbs 3:9-10:   

"Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

Proverbs 11:28:

"Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.”

Proverbs 12:25:

"Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

Proverbs 23:4-5:

"Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.”

Psalm 55:22:   

"Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Psalm 56:3:

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Psalm 62:10:

"Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.”

Psalm 94:19:

"When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

Matthew 6:19-21:   

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:25-34:   

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 11:28-30:

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Mark 4:19:

“But the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”

Mark 8:36:

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”

Luke 8:14:

"And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.”

Luke 12:22-34:   

"And he said to his disciples, 'Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Luke 16:10-12:   

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?”

John 14:27:

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Philippians 4:6:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Hebrews 13:5-6:

"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

1 Peter 5:7:

“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."

Expert Tips on How to Effectively Launch a New Online Giving Tool

01
Make it accessible so people can give in the way that is most comfortable to them. Don't make it hard for people to give money.
Some people like to give online, some like mobile, some like text. Whatever they like, let them give in that way if you can.
02
Brady Shearer
www.storytape.com
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
03
Michael Lukaszewski
www.churchfuel.com
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
04
Teach it in your new member class.
Allow for people to sign-up right on the spot via their mobile phone (or through a laptop or iPad for those that don't have a mobile device handy).
05
Justin Dean
www.thatcc.com
On launch weekend, have volunteers and staff accessible with iPads to walk people through how to set up an account and get recurring giving configured.
06
Daniel Irmler
www.churchhero.com
On a regular basis, tell stories from members who are using and loving it. 
You don't don’t need a big production value shoot. Keep it simple by using an iPhone (horizontal) and a decent mic.
07
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
08
Nik Goodner
www.crtvchurch.com
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
09
Kevin Ekmark
www.church.org
I always tell people, "you need to clean your house before you invite friends over". It's crucial that your giving platform is easily found, whether it's on the web or in the church. 
On the web, making sure that your website is mobile friendly (Google and Bing both recommend mobile responsive design) can be a huge help. You can also incorporate bots from Facebook or a service like Intercom to help walk people through online giving on your website. When necessary, a human can jump in and help too. This helps complete the process from being found online to completing the online giving.
10
Logan Fields
www.theappguys.org
Tell them the real reasons. Giving members are concerned with what's best for the church and not just what they individually prefer. Transparency.
"This platform will allow us to better manage finances and spend less staff time on the books and more on people." etc. The temptation is to treat members like consumers who we need to impress instead of team members. Treat them like equals who you assume are interested in what's best for the church/ mission and people will likely rise to it.
11
Kenny Jahng
www.kennyjahng.com
Launch a $3.16 campaign. Ask people to all give just $3.16 to a weekly or bi-weekly blessing fund. Then, pick one person or cause to bless IN TOWN and go give that person all the money collected.
  • It could be the all volunteer firefighter squad in town. "We'll take all the $3.16's collected and go buy a meal or treat and drop off for the firefighters who volunteer."
  • It could be a widow the church knows about - bless her with something new for her home or hobby or pets.
  • Single mothers - supply them with a night out. Or pay for a house cleaner or a handyman for a couple of hours.
  • Special needs families - pay for evening out for the parents and child care for the special needs kids so the parents get a break.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
This works incredibly well because you are teaching generosity / outward posture to your people on a consistent basis and getting people to give on mobile- while making it about PARTICIPATION vs AMOUNT. You'll have people regularly trying out the mobile option as well as pre-register them in the system.

There you have it! Some amazing tips, right?

Which tip stood out the most to you … or looked to be the craziest?! Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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