Series: How to Stay in Our Jobs with God — Earning Money with which to Help Others

Continuing with John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life pointers for integrating faith and work, next on the list is:

#5. “We make much of Christ in our secular work by earning money with the desire to use our money to make others glad in God” (p. 150).

Now, keep in mind that, prior to this, Piper advised that we work to earn enough money to avoid becoming a burden on others. He’s not saying, “You have to give all of your money away, even though you have a mortgage and a family.” But he is saying, “As [you] work, [you] should dream of how to use [your] excess money to make others glad in God” (p. 150). The portion of our money that Piper is talking about here is that which we earn in excess of what we need (“and we need far less than we think”). The way to glorify God in our earning this portion of money is to meet the needs of others with it, in the name of Jesus.

So, to summarize what we’ve covered thus far: as we go to work each day, 1) consciously enjoying being with and depending God as we go about our tasks, 2) striving bring creative excellence to all that we do, 3) using our job to “adorn” our spoken Gospel, 4) seeking to earn enough money to avoid burdening others while seeking to be helpful more than profitable, 5) we can also daydream about how to bless those in need with our extra money.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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