Furthering God's Purpose for Business on Earth
Understanding business theology is very important. There are two contrasting views on how individuals perceive the business. One extreme, especially Christians who are not in business, claim that business is evil. They support their argument by stating that business owners use it to exploit fellow man so that they can line their pockets.
On the other hand, Christian business owners argue that Christianity and capitalism are joined at the hip and cannot be separated. They base their argument on God's purpose for business. It is important to sit in the middle of these contrasting ideas and affirm whether business is good or evil through examining God's purpose for business on Earth.
This article focuses on God's intentions towards business. God's view towards the purpose of business differs from that of human beings. Humans are of the view that the main purpose of a business to make money. Notably, profit-making is the dominant mindset of business where the majority of corporations, both small and large are, are based on.
Christians are expected to adhere to a different understanding of the purpose of business based on the framework of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. Views of different people regarding what God calls human beings into business differ depending on personal attributes. Using a Biblical perspective, business is intended to serve two main purpose
These purposes include allowing people to fulfill the potential they are given by God as well as meeting the needs of the world.While looking at God's purpose for business, it is important to look at God's intentions for work after creation. Genesis chapter one and two give a little glimpse of God's intentions for the man before man was corrupted by sin.
The bible is very clear on the issue of carrying out business to allow people with an opportunity to fulfill their God-given potentials and express them in creative and meaningful work. After God created Adam and Eve, he assigned them to work in the Garden of Eden, not as part of the punishment, but as a responsibility that man was given prior to sin.
Since man is created in the image of God, they should engage in creative and meaningful business. According to Genesis 2: 15, God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and take care of it. By exercising dominion over all other creations, this indicates that people fulfill their potential given by God.
Business involves material things. Remarkably, material goods matter greatly to God. Reading from the creation story, it is noted that God began his work of creation by creating material things upon which he stated that they were all good. God created the Garden of Eden in a very perfect way but it was not complete without the man.
He wanted to partner with the man to bring forth the productivity of the garden. As a result, God created man in his own image with the express mission of ruling over the creatures, both living and non-living, by caring for them. It can be concluded that God let business into existence to allow the exchange of material things between men.
Moreover, God intended business to come to the benefit of all. In the Bible, work is set in the context of a relationship. During creation, God said, "Let us make man in our own image." This implies that God was in a loving relationship with the man. As a result, it can be concluded that work proceeds from the relationship and thus intended to benefit the relationship upon which it is founded.
Genesis 2:21, God saw it was not good for Adam to be alone. So he created him and helper (Eve) so that the working relationship could flow. Adam and Eve would procreate and their work of procreation would be of great importance to them. The business is therefore particularly well suited to gather individuals in a relationship that will offer them an opportunity to engage in creative and meaningful work.
Furthermore, business exists to allow individuals to express the creativities and passions that they are given by God. Throughout the Bible, the majority of people express their creativity through work. For instance, after God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden, he asked him to name all the creatures.
It required creativity to come up with different names for all the animals. Based on the business setting, creativity is referred to as creation. Notably, innovation is defined as the process through which individuals refine, improve, and correct new services and products that results in benefits to their customers, employees, or partners.
A Christian business person is therefore expected to exercise creativity while carrying out business. Notably, this God's purpose for business can be perverted especially when an individual's passion is the sin. One of the characteristics of being bondage to sin is becoming passionate about that sin. Paul in the book of Romans says that those who know the God's righteous decree and continue to do sin deserve death for they not only continue to perform them but also approve those who do them.
On the other hand, apart from exploiting the potentialities given by God, business is aimed at producing products and services that would enable the entire society to flourish. Basically, this implies that God's main agenda for business was to enable individuals to serve each other. After the fall of man, God cursed both man and the serpent.
Each of them, including the man, woman, the and serpent were to suffer different consequences. God commanded man to toil and it is from his sweat that he shall eat. Man is expected to toil to meet both his needs and that of the wife. Eve was not told to toil, this implies that whatever man was to get after toiling was to feed both him and the woman. For this reason, it can be concluded that God's purpose for business was to enable man to produce goods and services that would enable the entire society to flourish.
God had two main agendas when he let business to existence; to allow man to serve their fellow and provide man with an opportunity to fulfill the potential they are given by God. First, business allows the production of goods and services that enable fellow man to flourish.
Additionally, business (work) enables man to exercise dominion over the rest of the creatures. Business also allows individuals to express the creativity and passion that they are given by God. lastly, business is particularly well suited to gather individuals in a relationship that will offer the opportunity to engage in creative and meaningful work.
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