Last month, I was interviewed on the Charisma Podcast Network. During my interview, I asked a bold question:
Why do we believe that we should separate God and business?
Over my last 12 years in business, I’ve met Christians who are afraid to talk about money. They feel that money is evil. Even worse, some believe that Christians can’t make money and serve God at the same time. I wholeheartedly disagree because I have managed to do both- build a profitable business and serve God with my whole heart.
While some may be afraid to talk about money, the Bible is not. There are many verses and parables that give specific instructions on saving, debt, and giving. I didn’t plan to preach in this blog but let me break down one popular verse about money:
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.
-1 Timothy 6:10
This powerful verse has been misinterpreted as “money is the root of all evil!” I’m sure you have heard that at least once in your life…maybe it was your grandmother’s advice when you proudly announced your first job that actually paid well. Much love to your granny, and whoever else professed that money is the root of all evil. These people meant well, as there are lots of people doing dishonest things for money and with money.
But, take a second look at this verse…it says “the LOVE of money…” Then, the next sentence uses the word “eager.”
My interpretation is that 1 Timothy 6:10 is about greed more than money. It is greed that causes us trouble, not money. The spiritual malady that gives us the impulse to consistently grab for more because we are not content for what we have is the root of all kinds of evil. The presence of greed is a sign that we lack faith that God will take care of us so we grab for more, hoard selfishly, and are afraid to give.
If you truly believed that God would take care of you, in all of His riches, would you have to desire to cling to material possessions?
Would you cling to your unfulfilling 9-5 if you knew that God had your back?
My point is that greed drives us to do evil things and make decisions rooted in fear….rather than faith.
I believe in an abundant God.
I also believe that God is a part of every aspect of my life, especially my business and money. I invite God’s loving presence into my businesses everyday through integrity, ethical practices, honesty, giving, empowering, and some good ol’ gospel music in the office.
I am transparent about my success in business and the fact that I’m a 7-figure entrepreneur…not to brag, but to share what God is doing in my life by giving me an opportunity to give to others. The more money I have, the more I am able to employ others and pour into their spirits to encourage them.
I believe this is my purpose.
I often talk about prosperity. To me, prosperity is more than financial prosperity. It is peace of mind, time freedom, and the ability to leave a legacy for our children. I love the book of Proverbs and chapter 22 verse 7 says, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Does this mean that the rich rule over the poor because they are superior? NO.
My interpretation of this verse is that we should reduce (or totally eliminate) our debt. Being in debt keeps us in bondage and makes us feel like slaves. It is impossible to feel FREE when you have thousands of dollars in credit card debt hanging over your head. Can you really be free to spend time with your kids and enjoy your life when you have to work overtime to pay off debt? NO and I want more for you. I want you to feel FREE and prosperity is about freedom.
I could go on and on about this but I’ll stop here. Listen to the interview and examine your thoughts about God and money.
What ideas do you have?
Where did you learn this ideas?
In Chapter 1 of the Divine Purpose 101 course, we talk about Past Programming. If you’d like to get real and examine your thoughts around money that may be holding you back, join us in Divine Purpose 101.
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