Featured in the September, 2014 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Every Bible reader discovers there is a lot of valuable, practical information about money in the Holy Scriptures. There are 2,350 verses in the Bible about money.
The money book in the Bible is Proverbs with 142 verses about finance. In the New Testament, 1 out of every 6 verses in Matthew, Mark and Luke deal with money. Twelve of Christ’s 38 parables are about money. Those who have read and followed these Bible instructions have discovered them to be financially profitable.
There are three ways to legitimately get money.
(1) You may inherit money (Luke 15:12)
(2) The usual way to secure money is to work for it (Proverbs 6:6-11)
(3) Another way to obtain money is to invest part of what you have and let it earn money for you (Matthew 25:14-30)
It has been said, “The poor work for money and the rich have money working for them.” However, most of us work for money, but the division between poor and rich is not that simple. Everyone who works should be saving and investing at least 10% of his income. What you can get by working is limited because you can work only so many hours in a day. However, when you have money working for you it works around the clock, seven days a week and still works on every holiday during the year. A young person who begins saving and investing at the beginning of his work life will become a millionaire.
As you read the Scriptures, you discover that there is a very definite connection between work and money. Those who are unwilling to work will not have much. And the Apostle Paul warns to “keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness” (II Thessalonians 3:6).
What about the poor? Jesus said, “The poor you always have with you” (John 12:8). But the Bible has a plan for the poor. The Scripture plainly says that his family is to take care of him (I Timothy 5:8). If there is no family, then his church is to care for his needs (Acts 6:1-3). However, almost everyone can do something and the Bible is plain that if you don’t work you don’t eat (II Thessalonians 3:10).
However, some have discovered that they can eat without working by getting money from the government. But the government does nothing to produce money and has funds only as it takes them from working citizens. Then, the government takes more and more from working people because non-workers increase in number as they discover there is a source of funds. The result is that the workers have less incentive as they discover that much if not most of their money is taken from them. It was Karl Marx who said in the “Communist Manifesto”, “You reproach us for intending to do away with your property. Precisely so: that is just what we intend.” Don’t you think the Bible plan is the best?