The Bible has a lot to say about money. The word is used over 130 times; 16 of 38 parables refer to the handling of money; and there are over 2,300 references to money, wealth, or property. You are involved with money in some form every day of your life. You live in a house or an apartment that costs money. Your food, clothes and transportation all cost money.

How you think about money, how you spend it, and how you give it reveals a lot about your heart. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).

There is a tendency to think about “my money.” It is reasoned that since I earned it, it is mine and I will decide how to spend it, save it, or give it. But we need to recognize that God owns everything: “the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). Acknowledging His ownership of all things changes our perspective. We come to recognize that rather than this being “my money” that I can do with as I please, it is God’s money and I am to be a good steward of it.

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