You started a business. It’s your passion. You want your business to flourish. In order for your business to succeed, you must make money, but you are torn. After all, making money – a lot of money – seems to go against what it means to be Christian. At least, that is the way most have been taught.
However, unless you can change that mindset you will not be able to pursue your passion – your business – because you won’t you won’t be able to make enough funds to keep it going.
As long as you maintain your honesty and integrity, there is nothing wrong with making money. The money available to you means you are able to provide for your family; it means you are able to pay employees who can then keep their families sheltered and fed. In no place in the Bible does it say that money is evil. While many individuals are quick to quote, “money is the root of all evil,” the quote is only partially correct. The quote is from 1 Timothy 6:10 and reads, “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 money grief.”
The Bible is clear, it is the love of money that is the root of all evil. In other words, when the love of money takes over and money becomes the ultimate quest and you forget what the Bible teaches us, money is still not evil, rather it is the obsession for acquiring money in any way possible that is evil or bad.
The Bible is full of quotes about money, most of them with the love of money at the core. God really wants his people to flourish and prosper for his Glory. We should remember that is also mentioned throughout the Bible.
Pay attention to the thoughts that surface from your subconscious when you think about or discuss money. If your thoughts around money point to money as bad and that people who have it are somehow bad or have acted questionably or acted badly to acquire it, it will probably always be difficult for you to appreciate money as the tool that it is.
What do you consider when you think about or discuss money? Consider your reaction to the following statements:
The Bible is clear about putting money in the proper perspective. 1 Timothy 6:17-18 goes on to state, “17 Command those who are rich in the is present world not to be arrogant nor to put hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”
Money will probably remain a mere tool that can ultimately be used to fuel your passion and help you grow your business. Money in and of itself is neutral. Once money is in the right context, then you can manage it better and help your business thrive.
Ultimately, it is in honoring God and the teachings of Jesus that truly makes us wealthy. It is our Faith that makes us rich.
Money and Faith is a complicated issue for many of us. Do you think your thoughts about money have any bearing on the success of your business? Does your Faith influence your thinking about money? Let us know what you think.
Believe! Until next time, continue to take steps of excellency and you will leave behind a trail of greatness.
Ashley Lounds Brooks