Over the next few weeks we will look at finances by the Bible. Before we look at what the world looks at as a valuable means of exchange – currency – we need to consider God’s economics. What are the commodities that God deems valuable? We know about the world’s currency, but let’s begin by considering Heaven’s currency.
What does God value?
God said gold in heaven is pavement, not currency, so where is value in heaven? Jesus promised in Matthew 6:19-20 that currencies will fail; that much you are promised. So what is the currency of heaven?
- Psalms 19:9-10 – judgment of the Lord
- Proverbs 3:15, 8:11 – Wisdom
- Proverbs 20:15 -Knowledgeable words
- Proverbs 22:1 – reputation
- Proverbs 31:10 – virtuous woman
- 1 Peter 1:7 – trial of your faith
- 1 Peter 1:19 – blood of Jesus Christ
Heaven’s currency is superior to the world’s currency. Illustration of Joseph in Egypt, Genesis 47:15, the money fails, but God’s words prevail to save much people alive.
Economic Principles in Creation
Where is your confidence?
- Matthew 6:24-34 – trusting God for provision
- God uses money to prove you
- Deuteronomy 8 – Testing Israel
- Psalm 49 – where is your trust?
- Proverbs 11:28 – trusting in riches will fail
- Mark 12:41-44 – What you do with the money God’s given you is more important than how much you have.
- Proverbs 11:24 – aggerrian principle of economics, scattering for increase
- John 15:8 – productivity -God desires productivity
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 -Giving in God’s strength and not your own. If you’ve never done it, you’re missing a blessing.
- 2 Corinthians 9:7 -Attitude about giving should be cheerful – King David recognized that he was only giving back what God had given to him (1 Chronicles 29:14). Other kings failed to recognize this and were lifted up in pride.
- Ephesians 4:28 – Work to give