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Business for the Glory of God; The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business by Wayne Grudem

business-for-the-glory-of-god-by-wayne-grudemBusiness for the Glory of God; The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business by Wayne Grudem. Crossway. 96 pages. 2003 

This short but helpful book from respected theologian Wayne Grudem is an expanded version of a paper entitled, “How Business in Itself Can Glorify God”, which he delivered at a conference at the Regent University Graduate School of Business in 2002. He argues that “many aspects of business activity – ownership, productivity, employment, commercial transactions (buying and selling), profit, money, inequality of possessions, competition, borrowing and lending, attitudes of heart, and effect on world poverty – are morally good in themselves, and that in themselves they bring glory to God—though they also have great potential for misuse and wrongdoing.”

Grudem tells us that God created us so that we would imitate him and so that he could look at us and see something of his wonderful attributes reflected in us.  He states that to be in God’s image means to be like God and to represent God on the earth.

For each of the aspects of business activity, Grudem challenges the reader to ask how they provide unique opportunities for glorifying God. He writes that we will find that in every aspect of business there are multiple layers of opportunities to give glory to God, as well as multiple temptations to sin. As he looks at each aspect he expands on both the opportunities and temptations.

I found this to be a helpful and quick read that I recommend to you.