Sermon quotes on money

George Carlin

Don’t give your money to the church. They should be giving their money to you (for contrast).

G.K. Chesterton

To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

Timothy Keller

The early church was strikingly different from the culture around it in this way – the pagan society was stingy with its money and promiscuous with its body. A pagan gave nobody their money and practically gave everybody their body. And the Christians came along and gave practically nobody their body and they gave practically everybody their money.

Timothy Keller

If you have money, power, and status today, it is due to the century and place in which you were born, to your talents and capacities and health, none of which you earned. In short, all your resources are in the end the gift of God.

John C. Maxwell

When it comes to money, you can’t win. If you focus on making it, you’re materialistic. If you try to but don’t make any, you’re a loser. If you make a lot and keep it, you’re a miser. If you make it and spend it, you’re a spendthrift. If you don’t care about making it, you’re unambitious. If you make a lot and still have it when you die, you’re a fool-for trying to take it with you. The only way to really win with money is to hold it loosely-and be generous with it to accomplish things of value.

John Piper

Money exerts a certain control over us because it seems to hold out so much (false) promise of happiness. It whispers with great force, “Think and act so as to get into a position to enjoy my benefits.” This may include stealing, borrowing, or working. Money promises happiness, and we serve it by believing the promise and walking by that faith.

Eugene H. Peterson

We care more for our possessions with which we hope to make our way in the world than with our thoughts and dreams which tell us who we are in the world.

Eugene H. Peterson

A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook.


Gretchen Rubin

Money. It’s a good servant but a bad master.

John Ruskin

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

Carl Sandburg

Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.

Rick Warren

Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and trust from God.

Oscar Wilde

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is (for contrast)

Thomas Wolfe

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

Will Rogers 

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.

Frank McKinney Hubbard

It’s hard to tell what brings happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed.

William Feather 

A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it. 

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John D. Rockefeller was once asked how much money it would take to be really satisfied. He answered, “Just a little bit more!”

French Proverb

Money is a good servant but a bad master.

E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien

Westerners have a complicated relationship with money. We don’t like it when wealthy people receive special treatment or look down on the rest of us as riffraff. But many (can we say most?) of us aspire to “the good life.”

Taken from Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien Copyright (c) 2012 by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Richard Halverson

Jesus Christ said more about money than about any other single thing because, when it comes to a man’s real nature, money is of first importance. Money is an exact index to a man’s true character. All through Scripture there is an intimate correlation between the development of a man’s character and how he handles his money.

Martin Luther

If silver and gold are things evil in themselves, then those who keep away from them deserve to be praised. But if they are good creatures of God, which we can use both for the needs of our neighbor and for the glory of God, is not a person silly, yes, even unthankful to God, if he refrains from them as if they were evil?

Jonathan Walton

Jesus was the Savior for some, and the dollar was the messiah for others.

Taken from Twelve Lies That Hold America Captive: And the Truth That Sets Us Free by Jonathan Walton Copyright (c) 2019 by Jonathan Walton. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Herbert Schlossberg

The common expression that describes such a value system as “the pursuit of the almighty dollar” is soundly based in the recognition that the exaltation of possessions to the level of ultimacy is the end of a religious quest, one that seeks and ascribes ultimate meaning. Like all idolatries, it finds ultimate meaning in an aspect of the creation rather than in the Creator. And like all idolatries it finds outlet in destructive pathologies that wreck human lives.

Idols for Destruction (Nashville, Tenn.: Nelson, 1983), 88–89.


Nothing that is God’s is obtainable by money.

J.K. Rowling

“As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


Money won’t buy you happiness, but it will pay for the search.

Jerry Seinfeld

I have not done well as an investor in things. People always tell me, “You should have your money working for you.” I’ve decided, I think I’ll do the work, I’m going to let my money relax.

Is This Anything? Simon & Schuster, 2020.

Martin Luther

People go through three conversions: The conversion of their head, their heart, and their pocketbook. Unfortunately, not all at the same time.

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