Should Christian Business Owners Charge for Services?

In the past, I did not believe I should or could charge for my services.  Today, I have learned that we are given special skills in order to help us earn a living.  We are also giving natural abilities and spiritual giftings to help us serve in those skills.  When we build a business plan and dedicate our services to the Lord we can build a God focus business.  We build a God-focused business by the owner seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven.  I realized when I ran my business based on the world’s principles I struggled more in business.  I was stressed more often and worried about money more often.  I am not rich by any means today but my goal is like Soloman’s and to build the Kingdom of Heaven first and to store up heavenly riches.  Everything else will be added according to Gods will. 

I believe that the statement “More money more problems” is true if that all you are chasing money.  If your desire is that of God’s he will order your steps to wisely create or increase profits. Proverbs 16:3 NIV, Proverbs 16:9

 

God’s Provision

 

We are to work and earn money. Either we are employees, employees, or independent contractors. We either create the business unto God or we work in someone else’s business unto God. Either way is the method God has provided for us to earn money. Therefore, when we do not charge we are limiting the income that is given to us to support and provide for ourselves,  family, employees, and giving. Ecclesiastes 5:19 NIV, Psalm 128:2,  and Proverbs 11:26 NIV- 

People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

 

Keep Pricing Fair and Honest

(Proverbs 11:1 NIV)  The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.

Price with confidence-Proverbs 19:21 NIV.  

1 Corinthians 9 NIV, the disciple Paul gave examples of those who do not work for free.  Paul made his money by a tent-making business and use the money from his business to support the ministry.  That’s right, Paul, who walked with Jesus, was a business owner and he used his business to support the ministry.  Embrace being a business owner if you are called to be an entrepreneur and charge for your services.  The income we earn goes a long way when spent wisely. Christianity and money can be tough topics but remember this is your skill for your provision.   

Y. Michelle Coard, B.A.S, A.A.S, Accountant and Profit Strategist.

Y. Michelle Coard, B.A.S, A.A.S, Accountant, and Profit Strategist.


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