The Christian Life and The Business Life

In the 27 years that I have been alive, I have learned that trusting in the Lord is the greatest yet rewarding challenge.  I am constantly challenged to be more Christ like in all areas of my life.  My spiritual, mental, emotional, professional, and personal life should all match, otherwise I am a hypocrite and I contradict my Christian life.  In Philippians 1:6 (New American Standard Version), the Apostle Paul said, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  I am convinced that the work that Jesus has begun in me will continue as I walk on earth through His grace I will continually be sanctified, but not made perfect until He comes back or I die.  It will be a glorious day when I get to see Him as He is.  In my life I strive for excellence and godliness out of my reverence and love for my Father in heaven.  He has made everything possible for me.  He has sent His only Son to take away my sins.  Through His Son, I am forgiven, I am made righteous, I am made holy, I am redeemed, and I am a child of God because I am hidden in Christ.

 

I have worked at Christian organizations and secular organizations.  Obviously, my favorite organization that I had the privilege to be a part of was the Christian organization.  People are not perfect by any means, but when we are of one accord because of the commonality of our faith that connects me to others in such a way that it is unspeakable.  It is clearly spiritual.  The foundation of Christ brings people together.  Whereas, it is harder for me to relate to unbelievers because I do get tempted by them, so it is important for me to put a spiritual guard up and to protect myself from walking in their ways.

 

In my experience in the business world, there are many things that do and do not match up to the Christian life.  A successful business usually entails honesty, integrity, ethics, morality, accuracy, and doing the right thing.  In Galatians 5:22-23, the Apostle Paul stated, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  The way to measure a Christian life is to see if the individual has bared much fruit.  The fruit of the Spirit is how I can test myself as a Christian.  Am I baring the fruits of the Spirit?  As a Christian, I can do nothing without the Lord.  So for me to serve successfully in a professional setting, I want to bear fruit so that the Lord can be glorified.  Am I seeking first the Kingdom of God?  However when my sin gets in the way, the service I give to the business is unsuccessful.  I can do nothing good without Him.  Perhaps so many businesses get into trouble because their own sin gets in the way to their businesses’ successes.  On the flipside, many businesses are successful because they practice ethical and moral behavior.  Obedience to moral and ethical behavior can lead a business to success.  Obedience to the Lord’s leading and guiding can lead to a successful Christian life.

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  1. LeaderThree says:

    I have never been blessed with the opportunity to work in a Christian organization, so my experience of the business world is completely secular. However, I find that my workplace is full of people who are looking for a new kind of leader. As this is exciting for me, it is also a challenge. I believe that Christians in leadership positions are held to a higher standard. Leaders are constantly being watched and evaluated on how they act. This doesn’t mean we are only being watched at work but also in our personal lives. Our employees want to know if they can truly trust us with not only their lives, but with the lives of those who depend on them. The secular world has been conditioned to believe that no one really wants to help them with nothing in return. If I am not demonstrating who I am spiritually to my staff then I am failing them as a business leader as well. The qualities that God expects out of my spiritual life will make me successful in the business world as well. The “poker analogy” says that there are different rules in the business world. This is so far from the truth. God wants to sanctify us and in order to do that He must be present in every aspect of our lives. There is another analogy about our lives being like a loaf of bread. We may cut our lives into different slices such as: personal life, spiritual life, marriage, business life, and friendships, but we cannot cut God out of our lives and put Him in a slice. He is like the yeast that makes the bread rise. He is in every piece and cannot be cut out. My business and spiritual lives are actually just one life that will continue to be refined until the day He comes back or I go home. Colossians 1:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (NIV)

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