What Does The Bible Say About Business? - Profit

By Kris Seale on July 10, 2016

I think that every Christian business person has a feeling of guilt when it comes to making a profit.  In fact, there are still times that I feel guilty/embarrassed if our company makes “too much money,” however “too much” is defined.  I feel that I must, in some way, justify the money that we make.  It’s really an ever-present tension – how much is enough and how much is too much!

The one thing that I know is that 250+ people would not have a job if our company was not making a profit! Look at the word – P-R-O-F-I-T – it’s not a four-lettered word!

Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about the subject.

The first verse that comes to mind is one of the most misquoted verses in the Bible – 1 Timothy 6:10 – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” Most people misquote this verse and say, “Money is the root of all evil,” but that is not what the verse says. Read it closely, it says, “the LOVE OF money….” So, money is NOT the root of all evil, it’s loving money, or to put it another way, it’s “greed!”

To further emphasize this point, Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”  Again, the emphasize is on who you are serving/loving, God or money – you CANNOT serve/love both.

Based on these verses, maybe we’re in the clear as long as we’re not greedy, and we devote ourselves to loving God.  True, but let’s dive a little deeper.  What if we hold on to some of the profit we make, building a little wealth?  In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus gives us some guidance, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. [emphasis added].  Jesus is warning us against the temporary nature of building up our profits and against the false sense of security and happiness it provides. He says to lay up “treasures in heaven;” again, the emphasis is on serving God, not money.

So, the question is, “If it’s OK to make a profit, but it’s not OK to build up wealth, then what are we supposed to do?”  Let’s go back to scripture – The Apostle Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:17-19, “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.  Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” [emphasis added]

Now, it should be much clearer – 1) Profit is NOT a bad thing, 2) The love of money IS a bad thing, 3) God wants our love, and He want us to serve Him with our profits, and 4) By serving Him, we are instructed to use our profits “to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.  I recognize that we have had some problems over the past few weeks with the comments section of my blog, but please keep trying or send me an email.

Blessings,

Kris

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