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We work closely with many, many good people who are involved in recognizing the move of God in the world of business and investing. Today's newsletter is taken from Patrice Tsague's weekly devotional. We have had the privilege of hearing Patrice in Kokomo, IN at cfd Conferences and benefiting from his insights. If you are involved in business and especially if you own a business, please examine your business in light of the concepts he shares. If not, we'll be back with a general interest topic next time. :)
Profit is Not your Reward
Many business schools and consultants believe and teach that the goal of the entrepreneur is to make a profit and increase his standard of living, which is the reward of being a good entrepreneur. However, in Biblical Entrepreneurship, the business profit is not your reward for being a good entrepreneur or a good steward. Remember, the assets you started the business with are not yours. The gifts, skills and treasures are not yours; they are the Master's who has entrusted them to your care until He returns.
For example, suppose you are a money manager and I give you $25,000 to care for. Ten years later, I return to you for my investment. Based on your good stewardship, you increased it from $25,000 to $200,000. How much money do you owe me: $25,000 or $200,000? Of course the answer is $200,000, because the $25,000 you began with was not yours and neither is the increase of $175,000.
The assets you began with belong to your Master, and the increase of the assets is His as well; nothing belongs to you. The Master will reward you accordingly but you cannot treat His profit as your reward. So, what does the Master expect you to do with His profits?
The profits are used in the following three ways: