- Proverbs 1:10-19 (NKJV)
- 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
- 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil;
I think it interesting that the very first principle that Solomon taught his children about finances was on how to earn a paycheck.
Makes senses, doesn’t it? Without actually earning a paycheck there is no need to learn about any of the other financial principles.
But notice the advice Solomon gives; basically he says: All paychecks are not equal (see the above verses).
There are plenty of ways to earn money but it seems that there really is “dirty money” and godly people are not to have anything to do with it.
If I had to sum it up, it would be this: Never enrich yourself at the expense of others. Always earn your income by giving or producing a value in the people you serve that enriches their lives more than you. If you do this over a lifetime your prosperity will be assured.
So, are you proud of how you earn your paycheck? Every time you deposit your check do you have the satisfaction of knowing that the world is a better place because of your efforts? If the answer is “No” // then Solomon would say, “Change how you work” or “Change where you work.”