Most people want to make more money because they want to sock it away or consume it on trivialities that matter little in the long run. Food, clothing, shelter, and transportation are necessities in life, but much of the rest that we buy is superfluous to life. I would say that a computer is a near necessity because it is a great tool for making money. There are two important reasons why people should want to make money according to the Good Book. One of the two is frequently ignored in American society today.
If a Man Won’t Work, He Shouldn’t Eat
Growing up, I frequently heard Bible reading from 2 Thessalonians 3. This passage basically says that if a man won’t work, he should not eat. I see this verse spouted off on message boards and certain televisions stations to bash the poor and those on welfare. This verse is not meant to bash the poor. It is meant to bash the lazy. The two are not necessarily the same thing. Some people are poor because they are lazy. Others are simply poor because they don’t make enough in their work. These people should not be condemned by society, as they often are.
#1 Work to Provide for Yourself/Your Family
The same writer, Paul, wrote this passage in his earlier letter to the same people (I Thessalonians 4):9Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (ESV)
The first purpose of working hard and making money through a job or online endeavors is to provide. This wins respect and tends to keep those who work from being dependent. The Apostle did not stop at working just to get rich yourself. Jesus said a few things about those who trust in their wealth, and none of these sayings were positive.
#2 Work to Provide for the Needs of Others
Those who work are not just to work for their own benefit. Most people like to stop with the passages mentioned above. However, Paul, who wrote the two letters mentioned specifically above also wrote a letter to his converts in Ephesus. In this passage (Ephesians 4:28), he notes:
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. (ESV)
From this passage, it is evident that those who are able to be successful should use some of their wealth for the benefit of others. There is no qualifier on who should get help, other than those who are in need. While this concept goes against much of what people think it means to be an American, it nonetheless needs to be pointed out.