“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)
How do you feel about money? Do you seek it out, worry about it, dream about it, find yourself willing to do anything for it? If money is an object that you are consumed with thinking about and that you desperately seek, then it is an idol in your life and will likely lead you down a path of dishonest practices, or at the very least one that brings little satisfaction.
When it comes to honesty and money, how do you rank on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being extremely dishonest with money, and 10 being extremely honest with it? To help you answer this question, consider how you filed your past tax returns, how you tithe, or what you’ve done if you ended up with money you found or received in error (did you return it?).
Dishonest business practices always have their origin in the desire for money. To avoid any dishonest practices with money, it is important to have a godly view of it. There are 2,000 verses on this topic in the Bible, and about half of the parables address money issues. Assess your beliefs on money with the “What do I believe about money?” worksheet below and realize that understanding God’s view of money is crucial to finding freedom in this area.