[Music] well the love of money is the root of every kind of evil so what kind of warning should be sounded to Christian entrepreneurs who have financially embarked on a venture to raise a lot of cash for a new business it’s a really good and sharp question from a listener named William hello pastor John first Timothy is really an exhortation against false teachers and the problems in that church because of them saying that chapter 6 deals with such I’ve always had a hard time fully understanding verse 9 about desiring to be rich I am an entrepreneur and a business owner and with my business I want to fund myself and my team in order to do missions together therefore I desire to raise a lot of money does this contradict of the Bible is it in a context of greed or desiring money as ultimate what does it mean to be rich and to what level does this cover is there a godly way to pursue a lot of funding let’s start with the words of Jesus and then make our way to the text he referred to especially first Timothy 6 jesus said in matthew 6:19 do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal for where your treasure is there will your heart be also and later Jesus illustrated the dangers of this laying up treasures on earth by describing the fool whose business prospered and he kept building bigger and bigger barns to accumulate more and more profits that he was earning and he said this soul you have ample goods way more than ample in fact you have ample Goods laid up for many years relax eat drink be merry that’s Luke 12 19 and God said fool but you don’t want to be called a fool by God you can be called a fool by man but you don’t want to be called a fool by God God said fool this night your soul is required of you and the things you’ve prepared in all those barns whose will they be now the problem here is not that this man’s business prospered it’s almost inevitable that gifted hard-working business people with integrity are going to run businesses that prosper they are they’re going to be successful by and large they’re gonna make a lot of money that’s not what Jesus condemned here as though he would say you know if you’re good at what you do you should stop doing it that’s not the way Jesus dealt with things the problem was the bigger and bigger Barnes the problem was accumulation accompanied by and I say accompanied by because it could be both cause or effect the problem was accumulation accompanied by a sense of self-reliant self satisfied ease in this world as though the next world or the world in need over there and who knows what neighborhood don’t really matter to me Jesus correlates excessive accumulation with the place where your heart is resting where your treasure is there’s your heart where your treasure is there is your heart so if it’s not evil to be successful in business and it is evil to accumulate and accumulate and accumulate because of your sense of needed security and your pride and your difference to the world and your indifference to coming judgement then the implication would be well something else should be done with the proceeds of all that god-given success so let’s turn to first Timothy 6 and see what he says this is first Timothy 6:6 godliness with contentment is great gain we brought nothing into the world we can take nothing out of the world if we have food and clothing with these we will be content this is the kind of witness which may attract the world as unusual so they say as they do in 1st Peter 3:15 what’s the reason for the hope that is in you because they they can see that our hope is not based like theirs on getting richer and richer and richer that’s why they ask what’s the reason for the hope that is in you you seem to be content with food and clothing and you’re somehow making yourselves a conduit of extraordinary generosity this is this is the difference between true Christianity and the prosperity gospel the prosperity gospel believes that the world will see the material prosperity of Christians and be motivated to embrace Christ well that’s not the way it works what they are motivated to do is embrace the money that the Christians have wanted to accumulate and if Christ can be a good stock investment to get that well I’ll use Christ for that to get what I really want that’s not saving faith if we have food and clothing with these we will be content because Christ has made an incredible future for us and provided all our soul needs and that might cause the world to wake up and ask a reason for the hope that is in us because it seems to them like we’re not hoping in the same stuff they’re hoping in namely the accumulation of wealth then the text continues but those who desire to be rich now that is not necessarily the successful businessman let’s make this distinction again that’s the man who sees his business prospering and falls for the temptation that he needs to continually increase his lifestyle with the symbols of wealth and power and what he wears and what he lives in and what he drives and the vacations he takes they all have to look rich rich rich and opulent otherwise people know they won’t know how much money I’m really making and how successful I am that’s the falling into temptation and into a snare and into senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction for the love of money and all those symbols of wealth is the root of evil and and I think that sentence the love of money is the root of all evil should be translated that way then rather than just about all kinds of evil because it the heart that loves money needs money to be content is not content in God that is the kind of heart that produces all evil period all evil comes from that kind of heart it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pegs so that’s Paul’s version of the warning about wealth loving barn building in Jesus words and then in verse 17 he gives an alternative vision for the successful Christian entrepreneur so listen up this is the question that was really being asked as for the rich in the present age charged them not to be hot tea know yourself and your sin and your weaknesses and your dependence and your God and your Calvary and know them so well that money can’t make you proud he continues nor set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches know how fragile your body is how fragile your mind is mr. rich man know how fragile the economy is know how fragile the culture is know how fragile the economic theories are know how fragile and temporary this whole world is that you cannot be foolish as to Bank on something so fragile as riches he continues but set your hope on God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy and that enjoyment is not only the simple delights of eating and drinking and reading and gardening but even more the delights in sharing those resources with others because it is more enjoyable to give than to receive jesus said that in acts 20:35 and then he closes they are to do good to be rich in good works that’s the alternative to bigger barns rich in good works to be generous ready to share thus storing up treasure remember jesus said don’t lay up treasures on earth lay up treasures in heaven well here’s paul’s interpretation of that thus that is in doing all those good works and making all that glorious entrepreneurial success a means of doing good in the world thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of life which is life indeed so William it seems to me that the bottom line in answering your question is that we pursue a heart that is so satisfied in God and all that he is for us in Christ through the gospel that we are freed from the craving to accumulate and that we turn our great earnings which are not evil we turn our great earnings into doing good for others and I don’t simply say giving away to others I don’t want to be simplistic here I’m not saying if you’re rich give your money away it’s that’s that’s not wise necessarily here’s what I say because giving your money away may not be nearly as effective in doing good as by creating an industry that employs ten thousand people which would be better to give ten thousand jobless people jobs or to give ten thousand people a hundred dollars each or whatever thousand dollars for that matter way better to get them working and you might have the way to do it this is a profound and beautiful work of God in the heart of the diligent creative honest humble on a shaved christ exalting entrepreneur who has not deceived himself but truly longs to live for the glory of God and the good of others especially the eternal good yeah that’s very good and may God bless every Christian business owner with wisdom as they steward God’s money for its maximum benefit thank you Pastor John and thanks for listening to the a special John podcast with John Piper for more information you can go to our online home at desiring god org forward slash ask Pastor John and there you can explore all of our 1200 episodes scan through a list of our most popular ones read transcripts even sit as a question of your own and of course to get new episodes delivered to you three times per week you can subscribe to ask Pastor John in your favorite podcast app well speaking of building institutions God gives each of us a unique blend of skills and inclinations certain instincts and mental capacities emotional strengths then tastes cetera so how do I know what role I’m supposed to play with my own set of gifts it’s a perennial question just about every generation of Christians face it and it’s the question on the table on Monday you won’t want to miss this one I’m your host Tony ranky have a great weekend we’ll see you on 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