• The Peril of Self-Deception

    Galatians 6:7–8

    Augustine comments, “To sow in the spirit is to serve righteousness from faith and with love and not to heed the desires of sin” (ACCNT vol. 8, p. 93). The desires of sin would have us withhold all of our ...Read More

  • Caring for Our Shepherds

    Galatians 6:5–6

    Our local pastors have a responsibility before the Lord for the care of our souls. They will be judged more strictly because of this (James 3:1), and we must do all that we can to help them do their ...Read More

  • The Trouble with Riches

    Matthew 19:23–24

    John Calvin writes that Jesus’ proverb “is highly useful to all; to the rich, that, being warned of their danger, they may be on their guard; to the poor, that, satisfied with their lot, they may not so eagerly desire ...Read More

  • Serving One Master Alone

    Matthew 6:19–24

    Money itself is not evil, for it is possible to be wealthy and serve God. However, it is all too easy for us to think we are serving God when we are really serving the “stuff” of this world. The ...Read More

  • Giving with Discretion

    Matthew 6:1–4

    Augustine says, “The praise of others need not even be sought by one who acts rightly” (Sermon on the Mount, 2.2.5). Keeping track of our giving is not inconsistent with the Lord’s admonition that we do not ...Read More

  • How to Be a Good Steward

    Malachi 3:8–12

    Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that we are free today to give to a variety of Christian causes because in the new covenant there is no longer just one storehouse as under the old covenant. The lion’s share of ...Read More

  • Investing and Ownership

    Proverbs 13:11

    Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man and devoted disciple of Jesus (Matt. 27:57–61). It is not inherently evil to be wealthy or even to seek to grow our means — if we remember that wealth is a means ...Read More

  • Money and Inflation

    Proverbs 20:10

    Some have called inflation “the cruelest tax of all.” An artificial increase in the money supply is actually a type of oppression because it harms the poor and the elderly who live on fixed incomes. The biblical mandate to meet ...Read More

  • The Theory of Value

    Luke 12:34

    Our work and purchasing serves to meet the needs of other people. Every time we buy something we put somebody, somewhere, to work. Yet each purchase we make also involves making a decision of what not to buy, since a ...Read More

  • The Building of Wealth

    Romans 7:4

    We must always be wary of the temptation to seek security in our wealth, for it is the fool who trusts in his riches (Prov. 11:28). Nevertheless, it is not inherently sinful to be wealthy or to make a ...Read More

  • Reasons for Poverty

    Deuteronomy 15:11

    Consider your attitude to the poor today. Do you assume all poor people are lazy? Are you sensitive to those who have become impoverished due to a calamity and then seek to meet their needs? Also consider where your chief ...Read More

  • Caring for Our House

    Genesis 1:1-2:15

    Biblical stewardship is more than just choosing where to spend money. God’s servants think long-term, looking to leave their offspring an inheritance and to contribute to the kingdom’s advance even after they are gone (Prov. 13:22). Proper ...Read More

  • We Ought to Support

    3 John 5–8

    Those who pray and offer financial support to missionaries and other full-time Christian workers are vital to carrying out the Great Commission. When we pray for and give money to Christian service, we play a role as important as that ...Read More

  • Rich Oppressors

    James 5:1–6

    Most wealthy Christians would probably not be guilty of withholding pay from their employees. However, there are many other ways in which wealth can be misused. For example, it is possible to sin by living to the full extent of ...Read More

  • Be Content

    Hebrews 13:5–6

    Are you content with what you have? Or is there something that is not yours that you covet? In prayer, ask the Lord to reveal those things that you covet. Take some steps to avoid this sin — such as finding ...Read More