I recently came across a topic on christianitytoday.com with this introduction:
Money and Business
“Sell your possessions,” Jesus told his disciples, “and give to the poor.” Scripture abounds with warnings against the moral and spiritual corruptions that attend the desire for money and material prosperity. Can a Christian pursue profit while following Christ? Today, with more evangelicals than ever occupying the commanding heights of the business world, believers have to think afresh about how to reconcile the businessman’s moneymaking vocation with Scripture’s call to store up treasures in heaven.
I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (one of the many scriptures on the subject of money).
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[d] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[e] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they[f] will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
Verse 11 has always stood out to me in the context of earning and giving. It seems that a pure purpose of earning is so that giving will result, "...be enriched...to be generous..." I wonder how God's mentality fits with the business mind of many Christians today? I never see wealth condemned, so I am sometimes frustrated by the conservative mentality that often places guilt on a wealthy Christian. But I'm sure there are those in business who also don't always see eye to eye with God's purpose for them.
So what do you think? Have you thought about God's purpose in your business?
Do you struggle with the desire for wealth in context of Scripture?