Businesses can’t be operated without money. And they won’t be in existence long without profits. But money – and the love of money – is a slippery slope. For example, Proverbs 27.20 says that “Death and Destruction are never satisfied and neither are the eyes of man”. In other words, apart from the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, we’ll always desire more than what we have and this desiring wages war with our need to be content with what we have. As business owners who need to create a profit – but who are probably driven to some extent by the fun of creating profit – we still must learn to be content with what God has already given us. Balancing the drive to be profitable with contentment is not easy. Achieving balance in this area is a sign of maturity.
In order to achieve the balance that God desires, it would be best if we kept in mind the following principles – which I’ve discussed from a different angle elsewhere on this blog:
- Money is a tool used by God to accomplish His purposes. For God, money is a means to an end – never the end in itself.
- Money is neutral – it can be used for good or evil.
- Private property is assumed in the Scriptures. For example, there would be no commands against stealing if private property wasn’t assumed in the Scriptures. Money is a “property” that can be owned. For the Christian Business Owner, this is a stewardship issue since everything we have belongs to the Lord.
- How we handle money indicates how we will manage “real” riches (Luke 16.11). As I just said, God already owns all of the wealth on this earth. The one thing that he doesn’t own are people’s souls and those are the real riches to God. As part of your stewardship of your business, God will ask you, at times, to shepherd well a person’s soul. This might happen by sharing the Gospel with an employee or vendor or by God asking you to suffer at the expense of another’s actions against you so that you have an opportunity down the road to witness to that person. Remember – the real riches on this earth are people’s souls, not your profits or your wealth. As Christian Business Owners, we need to be willing to part with our money on a moment’s notice if it means helping another person or holding fast to the true riches that God has for us on this earth.
In large measure, this post encapsulates two core purposes of business: Profits and Philanthropy. God enables us to create wealth so that He can bless us in giving it away to others who need it more than us. Keeping such a view of money at the forefront of our thinking will help us maintain balance in our lives and make us free from the love of money and the entrapments which so often sink deeply into the wealthy in our society.
Associate, The Platinum Group