Bible is mainly a spiritual book filled with lessons on how to be better and do well in life. It also has useful pieces of advice on money management and the philosophy of money from a Christian perspective. Times may have changed, but astonishingly, the financial wisdom bestowed by the holy book is still relevant.
You do not need to be a devout Christian in order to understand the Biblical approach to money. This book can teach you how to curb the urge of frivolous spending and to use your money wisely.
There are four important lessons that the Bible teaches us.
1. Save money
Proverbs 21:20 – In the House of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
Wise people do not spend their resources all at once, they save them for the rainy days. Not all days are alike in person’s life, some are good some are not. If you spend your entire income today, you will not have anything at your disposal when something unfortunate happens. The future is uncertain, you must prepare for unforeseen obstacles by saving your resources.
2. Being greedy, using unfair means to earn money can land you in trouble
Proverbs 15:27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
Money is important for a good life and there is nothing wrong with working hard for earning money. But being greedy and resorting to unfair measures to accumulate money is wrong. Money earned by cheating, stealing or fooling people serves no good. This money brings no satisfaction, instead causes troubles.
3. Don’t wear yourself out while earning money
Proverbs 23:4-5 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
This verse of the Bible is extremely relevant for today’s youth. Materialistic possessions have become so important today that people are working too hard to maximize their wealth. It is important to realize there is more to life than earning money. People sacrifice their relationships, their time and burn themselves out just to hoard some more money. Life is uncertain, your wealth can vanish in no time. So live your life everyday and understand that there is more to living than just money.
4. Help the people in need
Luke 12:33-34- “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.”
The act of giving some of your money away to someone in need sets you free on a certain level. You might as well be an atheist, but willingly giving away a part of your income will lift your spirits. It feels good when you help someone, make them smile and relieve their problems. It will also make you feel as you are not attached to money as the only way to survive in this world. It will remind you that earning and accumulating money are not the only motives behind living life
Don’t let money take control over your life
The Holy book recommends that you enjoy spending your money wisely and never completely squander all of it. Enjoy the little things as much as you can and don’t let money take control over your life. This is not an easy task in the beginning, but it eventually becomes a really enjoyable experience.
To sum up, the Bible holds on to the good old saying that:
“Money is a good servant but a bad master. ”
Through your acts, show God that your faith comes first and not material wealth. This will keep you in control of your money and it will never be able to corrupt your soul. It will mean that you have adapted the Biblical approach to finances and that you are ready to master it.