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Q:

Is it wrong to want to make money and do well? Or does God frown on that? My family never had very much and I've always been determined to do better, but am I wrong? Or does the Bible even say?


A:

The Bible actually says a great deal about money, and we shouldn’t be surprised at this, because God is concerned about everything that concerns us, including our money.

The Bible actually says two very important things about money. First of all, it warns us about its dangers. When money becomes the most important thing in our lives, then it becomes a danger to us. Greed takes over, and before long we don’t care who we hurt or what rules we bend as we pursue money. Money and things become more important to us than people, and more important even than God. Jesus warned, “No one can serve two masters…. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).

The second thing the Bible says about money, however, is that it can be good. When we see it as a gift from God, and we ask Him to help us use it to help others and support His work, then money becomes something good instead of something evil.

Don’t fall into the trap of living only for yourself and for the things of this world. Instead, open your heart and life to Christ, and put Him first in your life. Then commit your abilities and your future to Him. Let the Apostle Paul’s words to his young friend Timothy be your guide: “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:10,11).

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18 Comments

  1. Mimose Senat says:

    Amen I'm fill about this bible message because many time we fell in the traps of spending money on material things , then spending money on the things of God . This is something that us children of God should pray about by asking God to help us .

  2. Jack says says:

    Money is needed to sustain life. poverty`s, picture tells us what to do with our extra to help others, Getting along is better than having to much, GOD knows our needs, HE will supply, To our surprise, When prayer is for others first. GOD BLESS ALL.

  3. Amanda says:

    Amen! I like to say, “I live to give!” and “My motivation for accumulation is distribution!”

  4. Dee Hamby says:

    I needed this right now. I have not worked in over a year due to health and age restrictions. I have always known that when my money runs out I don't know how, where or when, but I know WHO will see me through.

  5. Marcia says:

    Experiencing right now how money can turn heads and lead them down some pretty evil paths.

  6. George says:

    It's not worth the paper it's printed on,I like land,fresh water,food,and most of all Jesus Christ,the sun will come up tomorrow,we just can't be sure we will see it.

  7. Buddy says:

    God knows that we need money. Money is the medium the world uses to survive–to buy goods and services. Without the use of money it would be very difficult to live. God knows this. And,God will bless us with money as long as we are using it properly.

  8. Rev. James says:

    God bless you Rev. Graham. Your words from the Bible are so true. Money is nice but God is greater.

  9. Ken says:

    I approach money with the perspective that my palm is open and never closes. It is His money and He can take it away at any time. I believe this is how we honor God with what He has given us.

  10. Janet says:

    If you have little {by wordly standards} and are content….you are rich. If you are the 10th richest man in the world and are not content…..you are only the 10th richest man in the world.Contentment means you have enough to help someone in need.