God lays out important principles for managing finances in the Bible. He wants His people to be wise stewards of the resources He provides.
In this article we lay out a high level framework that provides valuable insight for those who take time to genuinely understand and apply it. I have paired the elements of the framework with some of the scriptures that support them, but there are many other scriptures that could be added.
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1 – Earn Money: Develop a skill and work hard to generate income.
- Colossians 3:23 – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
- Proverbs 6:9-11 – But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
2 – Control Spending: Set a budget that matches your income and stick to it in order to control spending. This budget should include short term “monthly expenses” but also saving ahead for long term expenses like a house, university education, future medical expenses, retirement, and contingency funds for the unknown.
- Proverbs 6:6-8 – 6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
3 – Control Debt: Carefully consider any debt before committing.
- Proverbs 22:7 – Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
- Romans 13:8 – Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another.
4 – Invest: Choose to invest your financial resources for growth. Don’t stuff your mattress with cash in hopes of avoiding risk.
- Matthew 25:14-30 – Jesus teaches us through the parable of the talents. Click the link to read the scripture.
- Ecclesiastes 11:1 – Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.
5 – Diversify Investments: Diversify investments to manage risks.
- Ecclesiastes 11:2 – But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.
6 –Consider Carefully and Seek Wise Counsel: Whether choosing how you will earn income, how to control spending or debt, or how to invest to grow your finances you should carefully consider your strategy and seek wise counsel.
- Proverbs 22:3 – A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
- Proverbs 15:22 – Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success
- Proverbs 14:15 – Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps.
7 – Steward Your Financial Strategy: Once you establish your financial strategy you must periodically review and analyze all elements to ensure you are following it and it is effective. This applies to earning income, spending, debt, and investment.
- Matthew 25:14-30 – Jesus teaches us through the parable of the talents not only that we should invest, but that a good steward periodically checks on the effectiveness of his investments and makes adjustments according to their performance.
8 – Ethics: Following God’s instruction in how we manage our finances is more important than the actual dollars themselves.
- Proverbs 22:1 – Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.
- Proverbs 22:5 – Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.
- Ecclesiastes 12:13 – That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.
9 – Do Not Be Greedy: To those who love money, they will never have enough. Money is a tool to serve God and to support yourself and your family. The draw to “get rich quick” brings much risk.
- 1 Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
- Ecclesiastes 5:10 – Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!
10 – Store Up Treasure in Heaven
- Matthew 6:20 – Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
- 2 Corinthians 9:7 – You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
- Proverbs 22:9 – Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor
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