Money is the root of all evil. That’s what the Bible says, right?
Money is the root of all evil.
No. That’s NOT what the Bible says.
For the love of money is the root of evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6:10
The Bible says, “for the LOVE of Money is the root of all evil”.
This article is written for Christian Dads who are considering starting their own business, but might be concerned about the reason why they want to start their own business.
I know sometimes, I have an idea and then later I’m thinking … “What was the motivation for that idea?”
Back in middle school, I knew I wanted to get into computers. A couple of years later, I was concerned that maybe I wanted to get into computers because there was potential to earn a large income. I struggled with my motives for a while, before realizing that when I first felt I should get into the industry it was long before I had any idea that it was a good career to go into in regards to salary ranges.
So why do you want to start your business?
Is it to provide income so you can provide for your family?
Is it to help others?
Is it because you see an opportunity, a problem to solve, a need that needs to be met?
Is it because you have a mission or a message you need to get out to the world?
Is it a desire to just do something more with your life?
Is it something else?
What is your reason? It’s not that one of these reasons is better or worse than another. And chances are you may want to start your business for a combination of these reasons.
Make sure that whatever your reason is, that you’ve spent time in prayer and that you’ve sought the Lord’s face on this matter.
Ask Him to make it clear to you if you should start a business or not, or if the business you are in is where He wants you to be.
Be willing to change directions if He makes it clear that you should do something different.
Running your own business is not easy. You may hear others suggest that it is easy. The motive is usually because they want to sell you something.
There is no such thing as an overnight success.
There is no such thing as “Get Rich Quick”.
But there is such a thing as producing a large income from having your own business. That’s a possibility and it’s a very real possibility.
Money itself is not evil. It’s amoral.
Money has no morals.
Much like a brick, money is just a tool.
You can take a brick and build an orphanage. Does that make it a good brick?
You can take a brick and throw it through a window. Does that make it a bad brick?
It’s just a brick. It’s just a tool that can be used.
Money is the same way. It’s neither good, nor is it bad.
If our desire is just to gain wealth, then that is a wrong motive. That’s serving ourselves instead of serving God. But there is nothing wrong with having money if we use it in the right ways.
We can use it to better our lives, and that is fine. But we can also use it by giving it.
If you are thinking of starting your business, but you are not tithing regularly, then I highly encourage you to start.
Don’t wait to earn some specific dollar amount before you start tithing.
Chances are that if you don’t give 10 cents out of a dollar, you won’t give a dollar out of ten dollars, or ten dollars out of a hundred, or a hundred dollars out of a thousand, or a thousand out of ten thousand, or ten thousand dollars out of a hundred thousand, or a hundred thousand dollars out of a million.
So where does the tithe go? It goes to your local church, the place you attend. That’s where your 10% goes. You can always give more as an offering to missions or other charities, but that first 10% goes to your local church.
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me! But you say, ‘Wherein have we robbed Thee?’ In tithes and offerings.
– Malachi 3:8.
Don’t expect for your business to grow if you are robbing God.
Tithing is a command, and so is fasting. You’ll hear a lot more preachers talk about tithing and not speak on fasting all that much. Regardless, I encourage you to fast and pray to see if you should start a business, and what type of business you should start.
However, if your main goal is to increase your income, you may want to get a raise, different job, or a second job. It is easier to make money that way than working for yourself.
If you know you are supposed to start your own business, but are not sure what business is right for you, feel free to sign up for my free 5 Day Find Your Ideal Business Challenge. If it is closed when you read this, sign up for the waiting list so you can be notified when I run the challenge again. Plus, when you sign up for that waitlist, you’ll get a nice jumpstart in your email to help you in your journey.