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Is following God bad for business?

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ELISA NORMAN

The Living Word

There is an aisle in the HEB grocery store in Waxahachie, lined with candles.

If you want success in love, light this one; success in business, light that one.

The candles picture the "saints" to whom your prayers should be offered.

This is a modern example of idolatry and the profit it creates for businesses.

In Acts 19, as Paul and his followers travel through Ephe-sus, the news of their miraculous works and their teachings about the Kingdom of God cause mass conversions.

Acts 19:19-20 reports, "A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.

"When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drach-mas.

"In this way, the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power."

As a result, silversmiths and others who made a living on creating shrines and idols began to get a little nervous.

Their business could potentially be destroyed via mass conversions of idolaters to followers of the living God.

Since it is forbidden in the Torah to make any image of God, what were the shrine and idol makers to do?

Demetrius of Ephesus, a follower of the goddess Artemis, appeals to his fellow businessmen, "There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshipped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty (vs 27)."

Appealing to their sense of business and using their religious inclinations to provide a foundation of apparent "virtue," Demetrius starts a riot.

There is no virtue in idolatry. In our daily businesses, what we do and what we sell indicate where our priorities lie.

Do we trust God to provide for our monetary needs?

Or do we take the first job opportunity that comes along, regardless of how our money is made?

In tough economic times like these, can we live our lives as evidence of God’s provision?


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