I can hear some of you thinking, "Show me the money!" That's brings us to the fourth purpose of business ...
4. To generate wealth.
In exchange for service or a product we receive payment of some sort. This is the principle of "fair exchange". It’s okay to make a profit. Making a profit simply enables you to do business for another day.
Moses put it this way ...
"Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today." [Deuteronomy 8:18. NIV]
With the profit made, businesses can reward their staff and owners, as well as have resources to invest back into the business and to contribute towards God’s work in the earth.
For Christians in business, if you seek to (1) glorify God, (2) serve people with excellence, and (3) provide a place of meaningful contribution for others, I think you'll find that you will (4) generate wealth.
I believe that it is God's will that each person "prospers". A good biblical definition of "prosperity" is to have your needs (not greeds!) met and enough extra to give away to others.
Tomorrow ... learning to lead like Jesus.