'It is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.' Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV
Making money and working hard at our job are things that can bring glory to God. In Acts 16, we're introduced to Lydia, a businesswoman who dealt in textiles. She was one of Paul's first converts to Christianity and was so successful she owned her own home. It was large enough to become the first recorded meeting place for the church in Europe. Her desire to succeed in business led her closer to God.
It's not wrong for us to want to make money, but if that desire stops us being generous, leads us into debt or causes us to be dissatisfied, then we need to re-evaluate what we're doing. When God told the Israelites that he was bringing them into a good land, he reminded them to thank him for what they would experience. 'When you become successful, don't say, "I'm rich, and I've earned it all myself". Instead, remember that the Lord your God gives you the strength to make a living' (Deuteronomy 8:17-18 CEV).
We should be glorifying him through all we do. 'So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God' (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV). When our desire for financial success is to glorify God and bless others, he will help us succeed. The Bible warns, 'You cannot serve both God and money' (Matthew 6:24 NIV). We need to determine our reasons for making money.
So what now? Ask yourself: 'Am I making money for myself, or is my heart generous and glorifying God?'
Soulfood: 2 Ki 4:18-44 2 Ki 5 2 Ki 6:1-33 Mark 12:1-12 Ps 48 Pro 13:2-3,