We all need money
Knowing that we all need money, should christians pursue money? The first thing a Christian should find out from God is his purpose and calling. Some are called to dedicate their lives to the work of the ministry as missionaries in foreign fields or to work as shepherds of God’s people in a local assembly. Some Christians are called to work for God as professionals in the marketplace while others are called into business or even politics! You need to know what is expected of you from God as a believer and be diligent at fulfilling your purpose.
Christians should work to make money. We all need money to give our offerings, buy things, take a good care of ourselves and pay our bills. Paul said he who would not work should not eat. Christians are to use their God-given gifts, talents and professional training to make all the money they can make in the marketplace. For those who are called into ministry, they should be diligent in their ministry assignments. God will surely meet their needs.
Pursue money in righteousness
Christians should pursue money within the boundaries of righteousness. Believers should not be desperate to make money at all cost. Yes, there are loads of money outside the boundaries of righteousness. Those are not for disciples of Jesus. The fact that everybody is stealing around you is not acceptable before God as a reason why you should join in the stealing. If Jesus drove those thieves out of the temple, he will surely not allow them to have a place in his father’s house, where there are many mansions. The thief who made it to paradise was the one who made last minute repentance. The other thieve who did not repent did not make it.
Whatever is the motivation for a Christian to pursue money in unrighteousness should be cut off!
“And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off, and throw it away: it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out, and throw it away: it is better for you to enter into life with one eye, than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.” (Mat 18:8,9)
This does not mean you should amputate your hand, leg or gouge out your eyes, what it means is to put away whatever it is that will cause you to sin. Whatever reason, whatever friendship, whatever consideration, put them away! It is a very serious matter.