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What does selling have to do with God?
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Why does Bob think Jesus is so much more important than industrial lubricants?
Why does Larry think Bob is being insincere?
Does God Care about Business?
Do creating wealth, enjoying stuff, and exchanging goods and services have anything to do with what is most important in life? Or are they just a distraction?
Jesus Warns Against Greed
"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
Jesus Tells a Story
And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
Eat Drink and Be Merry…
"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Luke 12:18-19 Take life easy; eat,
Rich Toward God?
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for Luke 12:20-21 himself but is not
You Can’t Take it With You
I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing5:13-15 Ecclesiastes from his labor that he can
Business is a Gift from God
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground" … The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden 2:15 Genesis 1:26, to work it and take care
Business and human development are important to God. I went past the field of the
sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to restand poverty will come on24:30-34 Proverbs you like a bandit
What does business do?
Business uses stuff to make more stuff. Business is an expression of our humanity. Business aims at the progress of human development.
So what is the problem with business?
Death makes the profit of business seem meaningless. Hording stuff will make us think that human development is all about getting more stuff. “Whoever dies with the most stuff…still dies.” Stuff is good. Death is bad. And so are greed
What does Jesus mean by being “rich toward God”?
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For Luke 12:33-34 where your
Invest in the Future
Investment defers pleasure and security today for more pleasure and security tomorrow. Investing in those who are suffering from poverty on earth, if motivated by faith in God, will be rewarded by wealth in heaven. How can we be so
Jesus died for Industrial Lubricants
Jesus’ death and resurrection mean that we can count on our own physical resurrection some day. Because Jesus conquered death, our work is important now. Salvation does not replace human development. Salvation puts human