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By Wayne Grudem

Can company job in itself be morally stable and interesting to God? occasionally enterprise can appear so shady-manipulating the "bottom line," deceiving the patron, or gaining promotions due to whom you recognize. yet Wayne Grudem introduces a singular idea: company itself glorifies God while it really is carried out in a fashion that imitates God's personality and construction. He indicates that each one elements of commercial, together with possession, revenue, funds, pageant, and borrowing and lending, glorify God simply because they're reflective of God's nature. although Grudem is not na?ve concerning the effortless methods those actions may be perverted and used as a method to sin, he is familiar with that Christians should be concerning the enterprise of commercial. This biblically dependent booklet is a considerate consultant to imitating God in the course of interactions with clients, coworkers, staff, and different companies. See how your corporation, and your lifestyles in enterprise, should be devoted to God's glory.

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6:17-18). Yet James clearly warns against a kind of “luxury and selfindulgence” that is wrong, that shows little or no concern for others, and that does not take seriously the stewardship obligations that God bestows along with great wealth. It seems that those who are wealthy can too easily slip beyond a level of spending on themselves that is appropriate to their place in life and spend excessively and ostentatiously on themselves while neglecting to give generously to others. 60 B USINESS FOR THE G LORY OF G OD But the distortions of something good must not cause us to think that the thing itself is evil.

I think that God has made us with such a desire to strive for excellence in our work so that, in doing this, we would imitate his excellence more fully. A kind of competition to try to do as well as or better than someone else seems to be what Solomon had in mind when he wrote, Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor (Eccles. 4:4). The term translated “envy” (in most translations) or “rivalry” (NASB) is the Hebrew word qin’åh, a term that can have either negative or positive moral connotations, depending on the context (much like our terms “jealousy” and “zeal”).

You are buying from the person who can produce and distribute a computer cheaper than someone else, and you are encouraging that more efficient manufacturer to stay in business, and you are discouraging the less efficient, more expensive computer manufacturers from staying in business. This happens every day, and we take it for granted. This should cause us to realize that if we are going to be good stewards of our possessions we need to have competition in the marketplace. Another benefit of competition is that people keep getting better at making things, and as a result the (inflation-adjusted) prices of consumer goods keep falling over the course of decades.

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