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James, a successful business man, spent years investing in his dream job. Half of his career, he had to work two jobs in order to help launch his company. Now, he resides in a nice town, a beautiful home, and recently became a Christian.
How does a Christian and owning a business fit? James is quite wealthy, is this okay? Can he still be making 6 figures and lead his company to be the most profitable it has ever been? Or, would it be better for him to give it away and use his gifts in the local church?
Making Money is a Good Thing
Money is a tool God gives to every single person. Money is not evil in and of itself. There is a reason for it. 1 Timothy 6:10 says money is only wrong when it becomes an idol. For many, owning a profitable business may not be good. For others, it is fine.
Making money is not sinful. The Bible does not command it to be wrong. Yet, Christians are called to be responsible with it. Is it just used to glorify self? Do you use it for others? Do you support your local church? Are we using money in a way that shows Christ is who we value?
Being Wealthy is a Gift
Being a business owner or being wealthy is a gift from God. However, it is not superior to others who do not have as much money. With much is given, much is required (Luke 12:36). If you want to start a business, go for it. If you have a lot of money, use it! There is nothing wrong with money.
Those who are rich have a unique opportunity to help others around them.
Bringing This Home
If you intend to start a business, start one! Making money is a good gift from God. He created us to work. So, let’s work! It does not matter if you are wanting to sell to retail stores, business owners, churches, etc. Start your business and as money comes in, use the money in a God-honoring way.
Work is not wrong and making a profit is not wrong. So, if you are like James, use your talents to maximize your profit and then use your money to glorify Jesus.