Looking For Profit
Profit in Faith, Family & Friends, and Finances
As a Christian who believes the Bible is the Word of God, I want to love my wife as Christ loves the Church, and love others in word and in deed.
As a businessman I want to be honest and seek to benefit my customers and associates as best that I can.
Why Profit is More Than Just About Making Money
- Profit in Faith is of first important because what you wholeheartedly believe affects every aspect of your life.
- Profit in Family and Friends is second in importance because without people who you care about and who care about you, your life can be empty and meaningless.
- Profit in Finances is also important because money can be used to not only benefit yourself, but also those you love, and those who are in need.
Profit In Faith
Faith is of incredible importance because "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" Mark 8:36 ESV
Real faith is what we believe enough to actually live by it. If we say we believe in eating healthy but only devour junk food, that kind of faith is worthless.
"So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:17 ESV
If I say that I believe in Jesus as my Savior and Lord, it may sound good to other Christians. But if I really believe it is my good works are what warrant my entry into heaven, then do I really believe He is my Savior? On the other hand, if I always do whatever I feel like doing even if the Bible calls it sin, do I really believe Jesus is my Lord?
True saving faith is a gift from God. And if the faith we have is really from God it will change how we live. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, (9) not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Eph 2:8 ESV
How do you get that faith? "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17 ESV So the thing to do is read the Bible and listen those who teach it acurately.
Profit In Family & Friends
What good is obtaining massive amounts of money if in so doing we neglect and ruin the relationships we have with our family and friends.
The Bible has a lot to say about how we ought to relate to others.
Husbands are told to love their wives as Christ loves the church and gave His life for it. That is an extremely high standard.
Wives are told to respect and even *gasp* submit to their husbands. As unpopular as that may be, it can result in husbands loving and sacrificing more for their wives.
Fathers are told to not provoke their children, which all too many dads can be prone to do. And children are told to obey their parents, which can benefit them within the home and when out in the real world where it is necessary to abide by the rules.
We should invest both our time and also our money in our families. "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?" 1 John 3:17 ESV
We should also make time for our friends. Doing so can develop real caring for one another, who care share our joys and comfort us when we're in pain. That's the kind of a friend who is "A friend loves at all times," Proverbs 17:17 ESV
Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers,
Profit In Finances
The Bible does NOT say that "money is the root of all evil." What it DOES say is that "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." 1 Timothy 6:10 ESV
The problem is not with money but with uncontrolled craving or lusting for it that warps our priorities.
Jesus told parables that commended those who were good stewards of money that was entrusted to them, and faulted those who did nothing with it.
Nowhere in Scripture is laziness or freeloading approved. "Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living." 2 Thes 3:12 ESV
We are to earn what we can, but not by stealing or ripping people off. "Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need." Eph 4:28 ESV
As for those who are, or who become rich. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (18) They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, (19) thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 1 Tim 6:17-19