A Christian’s Perspective on Profit
Every business is started to earn a profit or to receive monetary rewards for all of the effort that is put in to make it successful. Profit should be the primary objective of the business because it is necessary for the business to grow and survive. Without profit the business will be forced to close. Christian businesses should be built on the principles and values of their faith. It takes time and hard work to run a profitable business. It takes consistency, time and effort to start, grow, and sustain a strong business and the bible, if followed, will provide a road map to wealth and success.
God gives us talents, skills, and vision to build his kingdom. A business should reflect a calling from God utilizing the talents he has given. If the owner is a follower of God, the business will have a foundation that is built on Christian values and operate under a culture that will glorify God. God expects us to emulate him.
God expects us to be good stewards of his resources. The parable told in Matthew 25:14-30 clearly illustrates that God expects us to use his resources wisely. Christians are expected multiply our resources and use the benefits to bless others.
To summarize these points we must remember: when a business is started as a way to use a God-given gift or talent; if the owner puts his heart, soul, and energy into glorifying God through their business; if they look to God for direction and God is evident in all business transactions and decisions; if they are good stewards of his resources and provide stable employment to others and using portions of their profits to give back to others; the business will fulfill the Christian obligation. As such, their business will not only be profitable but pleasing to God.