Ill-gotten treasures insult integrity in the process of procuring profit. It is money manipulated by man, rather than blessed by God. There is no profit for the soul, because the means by which the money was made was centered on self, not on the Savior Jesus. He clearly addresses this, “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 nasb).
Indeed, the method and motive for making money does matter. Can financial integrity be assured without transparency in our business dealings or personal financial management? Does God wink at our wrong ways when we attach aggressive giving to ill-gotten gain? We need to be careful not to allow the end of philanthropy to justify the means of dishonesty. However, honestly earned treasures display the hand of heaven on your head. You can go to the bank and thank God along the way.
So, how do we know if our acquired treasures are legitimate, as the Lord defines legitimate? One indicator is the extent of His blessing, for God blesses benevolence birthed out of brokenness and honest work. For example, you invite trustworthiness when there is full disclosure in financial reporting. It may mean losing a deal, but the Lord can lead you to better, even more lucrative opportunities.
Moreover, treat others as you want to be treated. Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Luke 6:31). Thus, you avoid intimidation, fear tactics, and disrespectful attitudes. God blesses respect.
Lastly, a company with a Christ-like culture is attractive. You don’t have to look over your shoulder because you know other team members cover your back. Indeed, honesty is the best policy in producing profit. Untainted treasure comes from trusting God. It matters as much how you make it, as how you give it away.
“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money” (Hebrews 13:5 nasb).
Prayer: Where is my character being tempted to compromise for the sake of cash, and how can I make sure I behave correctly?
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