What does the Bible say about what not to do with money?

The Bible certainly has a lot to say about the subject.

We will talk about 8 important things God does not want you to do with money. We will also tell how to avoid the problems of disobeying what God says about it.

We are fully aware that there are more than the list we are covering in this post, but we feel these are valuable for you to know. So let’s get started.

8 Important Things God Does Not Want You to Do with Money

Important Note

1. Don’t Worship Money

To explain this, we must point out what the Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:6-10 to caution the believer in Christ about striving to become rich and the love of money.

This is because, striving to become rich and having love for money can cause you to wander away from the Christian faith. The end result is severe grief and distress instead of godly contentment. Here is what 1 Timothy 6:6-10 says,

6. “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,
7. for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.
8. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
9. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
English Standard Version (ESV)

2. Don’t Hold Back Your Worker’s Wages

The word of God makes it plain that employers are to be fair to their workers, pay them fair wages, and do so on time.

The employer is not to take advantage of the workers and must not cheat them. Leviticus 19:13; Deuteronomy 24:14-15; Jeremiah 22:13; Malachi 3:5; James 5:4.

3. Don’t Spend Your Money as Fast as You Get It

God’s word talks about the wisdom of saving some of your money. You do not know what issues may come up where you need to have money to address them. Proverbs 21:20.

4. Don’t Use Your Money to Oppress the Poor

When you treat the poor cruelly and unfairly, you are oppressing them. This insults and displeases God.

Use your money instead to help the poor because this is an act of worship to the Lord. Proverbs 14:31; Amos 8:4-6.

5. Don’t Overcharge and Cheat

If you have a business or give someone a loan, be fair. A child of God should follow godly practices.

Do not cheat by using false measures. Deuteronomy 25:13-16; Proverbs 11:1; Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 20:23; Proverbs 28:8; Amos 8:4-6; Micah 6:10-11.

6. Don’t Use Your Money to Live a Reckless Life

Do not live a careless life, squandering your money. That type of living could seriously endanger your life.

Because you have money does not mean you can avoid the consequences of reckless living. Luke 15:13-14; Romans 13:13; 1 Peter 4:2-3.

7. Don’t be Stingy

Don’t turn your eyes away from a needy brother or sister when you can help them. Do not close your heart to them. The Lord commands us to help those that are in need. Proverbs 11:24; 1 John 3:17.

8. Don’t be Greedy

The word of God cautions Christians not to want more money and other things than we really need.

Greed for money leads to many other sins and causes a person to do those things that God does not want them to do with money. Proverbs 15:27; Luke 12:15; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5; Hebrews 13:5.

How to Avoid the Pitfalls

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Do the following, if you want to avoid the problems listed in the 8 things God does not want you to do with money:

  • Maintain a humble attitude toward God and obey Him.
  • Keep a daily personal relationship with Him in worship and prayer.
  • Immerse yourself in His word daily.

Bear in mind that He owns you and the money He entrusts you to manage. You cannot serve God and money at the same time.


As a child of God, He has commissioned you to serve Him. This service will be different for each individual.

The one thing that is common to all of God’s children is giving and sharing the good news of the gospel and all that God has given us.

If God has blessed you with money, He commands you to help the poor and those who are in need.

Be cautious not to fall into the trap of using money to do what God does not want you to do with it.

The Bible says,

“Give freely to the poor person. Do not wish that you didn’t have to give. The Lord your God will bless your work and everything you touch.
There will always be poor people in the land. So I command you to give freely to your brothers. Give freely to the poor and needy in your land.”
Deuteronomy 15:10-11

There are many Bible verses on greed and other scriptures about what God does not want you to do with money. We have only shared a few with you.

We encourage you to do a search and study what God’s word says about it.

May God bless you richly!