WealthBuilders is special because we don’t just provide practical business tips, we also provide a spiritual understanding and application to it. In today’s blog post, I want to give you a Biblical foundation for business.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 says “then you say in your heart my power and the might of my hand had gained me this wealth and you shall remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth that He may establish his covenant.”
It is God who gives us the power to get wealth. If we understand that it all comes from God, then God must have a purpose behind it.
God’s Purpose for Business
To Help People
One of the reasons God gives us the power to get wealth is to help people. The story of the Great Samaritan says, “a Jew going on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money and beat him up and left him lying half dead beside the road. By chance a Jewish priest came along and when he saw the man lying there he crossed to the other side of the road. A Jewish temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there but then he went on. But a despised Samaritan came along and when he saw him he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandages. Then he put the man on his donkey and walked along beside him till they came to an end where he nursed him through the night. The next day he handed the innkeeper two $20 bills and told him to take care of the man. ‘If his bill runs higher than that’ he said ‘I’ll pay the difference the next time I come here.” That is from the New Living Translation.
Margaret Thatcher said, “no one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.” What’s interesting is two religious figures came along and neither one of them helped the man. One of the purposes of wealth that comes to our life is so that we can help others.
To See City and Nation Transformation
Oral Roberts said “whoever controls the finances of a city or a nation controls the spiritual climate of that city or nation.” I believe this lends to the Biblical foundation for business.
I’m convinced that most of us do not have as clear of a revelation the Great Commission as we should. When most of us read Matthew 28, we read it as “go make disciples of all the people who live in the nation.”
What does God mean by “nations”? We’ve got to think bigger. The first time I’ve ever heard something like this, I was studying the word. The Holy Spirit made me realize that I didn’t fully understand the Kingdom of God. Psalms Chapter 2 Verse 8 says “ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance.”
When we go overseas to help people, we’re looking at how we can see villages transformed. On Tricord Global’s website, my micro-finance nonprofit, it says “transforming the world one village at a time”. Most of us would say “one person at a time”. My view is that the Kingdom needs to come in all seven mountains of society. Not just in the local church.
The problem is that all we’ve preached is the gospel of salvation and we’ve left off the gospel of the Kingdom. The gospel of the Kingdom includes what we do in the business world. It includes what we do in the education world. It includes what we do in the family world and all the different mountains of society. When we start understanding this, it makes a difference.
I truly believe that God has a purpose for your business. I hope this post has helped you understand the Biblical foundation for business. If you enjoyed this post, I have two options for you to dive even deeper! Every Wednesday evening, we host FREE live streams where we offer a teaching and answer your questions. Click here to register and learn more. We also have our live-streamed Business Mastery workshop coming up in just a few weeks. You’ll learn new strategies and best practices to make your small business more profitable in our post COVID-19 world. You can get $100 off your ticket with the code “BUSLIVE” when you register here!