The main point of business for every Christian should be to take something that is temporal and use it to point to the eternal. Your business operating with a Kingdom mindset changes decisions you make and how you view everything. Not only is it a better perspective as far as fulfilling the commandments that God gave us, but it leads to better business practices.
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Often we can put God into a box for church and other activities, sectioning Him into certain areas and out of other areas. Giving God our business should be the top priority. If I’m honest though, many times in my life God is the last option or who I turn to when I get a bad profit and loss statement. To lead in the business world while living for Christ, follow these 4 principles.
Long-term perspective. In order to live out our faith in the workplace we must have a long-term perspective of eternity. Not just five-year goals, but down through future generations and beyond. Decisions through the lens of eternity change what may be a right or wrong move. It increases our patience and gets our focus off of just dollars and cents. We make choices beyond ourselves when we keep focus on eternity. It becomes less about us and more about saving people for the Kingdom. Reframing our business in the scope of eternity must take place to live out our faith within our business.
Matthew 6:19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
Stewardship. Stewardship means the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something. Stewards care for other people’s things as if they are their own even though they don’t own it. To properly run your business as a Christian man or woman you must remember that God owns everything. You merely manage it for Him. I tend to drift toward selfishness and self-centeredness, but when I am living my faith out I am laying myself down because it’s not about me. It’s about taking care of what God has entrusted me with. To live out your faith in business you must remember that it’s not yours, but God’s.
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Excellence. We are called to do everything as if we are doing it unto the Lord. That means that we are doing everything with intention and excellence. We are being the best business owners we are capable of being. If you want to make impact you must live with excellence. You represent the King of the universe. If you want to influence people for God, you must show yourself excellent in your field. It is easy to wait for perfection, but perfection is a myth. Excellence is not perfection; it is continual improvement. We must run the race to win even though we will never “win.” Honor God in business by rising above mediocrity.
Priorities. Maintaining biblical priorities while running your business is a necessity to showing Christ in your business and having a healthy life. Biblical priorities are there like everything else in the Bible. They are there for us to have healthy lives. Biblical priorities start with your relationship with God, then spouse, children, church body, and lastly your business. There are two things to keep in mind. Your time spent is not always the same as priority. Also, it is not a balance. Trying to balance is a good way to fail. It is a heart position that is easily seen and felt. Priorities in your business show Kingdom level behavior.
God desires your whole life. Allowing Him in all areas of your life will bring all the fruits of the Spirit with it. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, thankfulness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Now that is a business I would be proud to own and that is a business that honors God. You spend too much time working in and on your business to not have God at the center of it. In the long-run doing things God’s way will always yield the proper harvest in the right time. You will fail like I do, but get back up and try again. When the fruits of the Spirit are missing that is a good sign that you are operating outside of God. Stop, back up, reevaluate and lean into God. Pray for God to strengthen you and ask for His vision for your company. He will take you places you would never expect. Be blessed on your journey.
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