There is an often miss quoted scripture that ” Money is the root of all evil”. The verse in question is; 1 Tim6:10, “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 many griefs”. (NIV)
Money is neither good nor evil, it is amoral, a tool which can be used for good or damage. It is the profit motive that drives business success. Profit is not a four letter word. It is a motivator and a goal, it brings with it growth and investment, sustainability and employment. Money buys freedom of choice and options to give and sow into the work of the kingdom.
The issue with profit is, at what cost will you seek to attain it? What is it in you and your business that constrains the wanton pursuit of profit at all cost? Greed is moderated by giving; God calls us to a generous life, a giving life, as demonstrated by His Son, who gave his life for all.
The pursuit of wealth for wealth’s sake will bring with it collateral damage in other areas of life, if not counterbalanced with a generous spirit. Moderation is a virtue and Gods principles of giving and sacrifice, bring balance to our natural tendency for greed.
The Holy Spirit will encourage and convict us as we seek to work out the balance of a healthy drive for a successful business and the social, ethical, and moral imperatives, within which context the push for gain is contained.
May God bless your business, and balance your life, with generosity and wisdom.