December 13, 2015

Biblical Financial Principles: The Diligent Earner

is one who produces with diligence and purpose and is content and grateful for what he or she has.

God established work while Adam and Eve were yet in the Garden of Eden. God invited them to join him in the ongoing act of caring for creation. Work came before the fall of Adam and Eve and is a blessing, not a curse. All work has dignity. Our work should be characterized by the following principles:

Be diligent; serve God.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).

Provide for ourselves and those dependent on us.

Those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers (1 Timothy 5:8).

Be grateful; remember from whom income really comes.

Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Enjoy your work; be content in it.

It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life — this is indeed a gift from God (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 NLT).

Be transformed workers.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart (Ephesians 6:5-6).

Earn potential, share excess.

If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good, hard work, and then give generously to others in need (Ephesians 4:28 NLT).