People, even good meaning Christian people, tend to talk about money like it’s something horrible.
The news is relentlessly sharing stories about the wage gap between workers and CEO’s, companies that dodge taxes by moving to Ireland, and crooks who steal and cheat to get a little more of the green stuff.
In this second in our series on Doing business God’s Way we’ll look at profits, and how they can be godly.
Money is not evil, let’s get that straight. If I had a nickel for every time a believer misquoted scripture to say money was evil, I’d be wealthy. (Oh, the irony)
Money is not evil, the love of money is evil, and people who use it the wrong way are evil, but money is not evil. An inanimate object can’t be evil, but it can be used for evil or for good.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
(1 Timothy 6:10 NIV)
It is the love of money that is at the root of all kinds of evil. Think about that. Every kind of evil going on in the world today can be traced back to a love of money. Sex trafficking, embezzlement, robbery, drugs, murder, lies, pride, war. It all can be traced back to a love of money. The bible speaks the truth when it says this.
It also recounts the fall of those in the faith who were so eager for money that they wandered from the faith and pierced, or drove into, themselves many griefs, or sorrows.
This is a somber warning to all of us when it comes to the love of money and eagerness to gain it for its own sake.
Yet, money can also be a tool, used by God, to expand and build His kingdom. Think about it. How many churches would close their doors without money? How many bibles would never be printed? How many missionaries would stay home? How many starving would not be fed? How many homeless would have no shelter? No money, no mission.
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God can use the profits from your business, the money from your paycheck, the greenbacks in your pocket for His glory. The question is, will we let Him?
Every business needs to make money or it won’t exist. If you are a business owner, and you are not trying to make money as a business, then you are not being a good steward of what God has entrusted to you. Do your best to be profitable and wise with the gift of your business that God has given you. Think of the good you can do with money from your business?
I recently met with a possible vendor who manufactures snow plows. As I bent down to look closer at the product, I noticed through the shrink wrap, a bible within the packaging. When I asked about it, the General Manager told me that they ship a bible with every snow plow. They made over (800) last year. That may not sound like a lot of snow plows, but it sure is a lot of bibles!
I know another company whose goal is to give 50% of its gross profits to kingdom work.
See, money and profits in the hand of God can accomplish great things.
You may think your business can’t afford to give money away like that. I say that you can’t afford not to. Give God first not what’s left and then watch what He does with it.
I am going to propose a radical concept to all business owners, a challenge, to give to God and His kingdom first. Pray and ask God what he would have you to give. A set monthly amount? A percentage? From gross or net? Don’t be surprised if God gives you a number that seems out of your reach. He likes to do that. It stretches and grows your faith.
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Think of the poor widow, who gave all that she had, and how Jesus praised her throughout generations for her faith giving,
“While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.[a]
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”
What if we gave radically like that? What if all Christian Business owners everywhere, decided to give from their heart, out of their faith? How different would our world look? How much further would the gospel spread? How much would God’s kingdom grow?
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What about you?
Will you let God change your mindset towards money?
Will you work to make your company profitable?
And then will you let God use those profits as a tool for His purposes?
What is holding you back?
What would need to change in your business to make it a tool for God?
What is God saying to you about your money through this?