It is often said, “If you want to know a person’s real priorities, look in their checkbook.” Money is a big part of life and this is reflected in the Bible. If you don’t believe me, then look at some Biblical facts from this article:
It is worth noting that money is such an important topic in the Bible that it is the main subject of nearly half of the parables Jesus told. In addition, one in every seven verses in the New Testament deals with this topic. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, and more than 2,000 verses on money.
Some people do not want to mix money and faith, but like it or not, how you handle your finances is closely tied to your walk with Jesus.
A Key Teaching on Money from the Bible
So, what advice does the Bible give us on how to handle our money? Well, as you might expect, it is pretty different than what modern society tells us. For example, credit card debt, car loans and mortgages are accepted as facts of life in the United States. However, here’s what we find in the Bible:
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 ESV
Ideally, we should lead a debt-free life. I believe the main reason for this can be found here.
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. Proverbs 22:7 NIV
When you owe debt, you become a slave to the lender. You are obligated. You are entangled. This can get in the way of serving the Lord. It can also tempt you to compromise your principles.
The Bible has a lot more to say about money (see Bible verses about money), but this one key piece of advice is pretty revolutionary. When followed, it radically changes how you manage your personal finances and literally transforms your life. How? Well, here are a few of the ways that living without debt makes a difference:
- It gives you more control and opens up your options.
- It relieves a ton of stress.
- It creates margin for charitable giving.
- It drastically increases your financial security (and reduces risk).
- It frees you up to do more of what you love.
Living Debt Free Is Great Advice
So, who does your checkbook say that you are serving? Is it God or MasterCard? I know that’s a little rough, but this is a very important and potentially life-altering teaching. Are you ready to shed the stress and live debt-free? Believe me, God honors those who follow His great advice.