Our world is centered on “making a living”. It’s who we are and what we do. Each one has a job and responsibility in society. After God created Adam and Eve, He gave them a job. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). The work of our hands gives us pleasure and fulfillment. We dream as children of what we will be when we grow up. Many parents point their children in a direction where the money is. Some children grow up just to get a job that pays the bills. Either way, we strive to contribute to society and fulfill a purpose.
Paul was a wealthy businessman. He made a living persecuting Christians and groups who furthered the gospel. After Paul’s encounter with Christ, he stated in Philippians 3:7 that everything he owned and worked so hard for was garbage compared to knowing Jesus.
Even though making a living is part of life, don’t let it become your life. There are many folks who gain millions of dollars yet are still unhappy and worthless. Money does not mean happiness; it doesn’t mean God has more favor on you either.
Man created money, God did not. God simply provided for all our needs on earth. Selfishness sets in and we want more than our natural share. Jesus tells us in Luke 9:25, “what good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?”
We need to focus on godly profits! Matthew 6: 19-20 tells us “do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” By placing our focus on Christ, He will provide for all our needs plus joy on the inside.