God and Business
Does God care about your business and your income?
It’s often easy to separate our daily life into compartments.
We have our home life…our work life…our church life…all broken into separate neat little packages.
How is that working out for you?
Probably not as good as you would hope. The truth is we can’t just turn off parts of our minds and who we are to participate in each activity.
In fact, the more I contemplate on it the less I believe we can “balance” our life in any way.
It’s not about balance. It’s about integration.
This means the same person who interacts with people on Sunday morning is the same person who goes to work Monday morning. It’s the same person who spends time with their children all day Saturday.
You can’t just turn on and off parts of who you are to fit the situation.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s only business…”
I HATE that phrase with a passion!
Why? Because generally it’s used as an excuse for throwing integrity and character out the window just to earn a little more profit.
One of the definitions of integrity is “the quality or condition of being whole or undivided.”
That sounds a lot like James 1:6-8…
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” – James 1:6-8 NKJV
A double minded man is unstable in ALL his ways.
If you change who you are based on situational ethics, then that verse is describing you.
Here’s the sad truth. I’m not just speaking to others. I”m speaking to myself here as well.
I know there have been times where I’ve been double minded and tried to separate everything into nice neat little compartments. But it doesn’t work that way. We are who God has created us to be…and that has to shine out in everything we do.
Of course this doesn’t mean you’re going to talk about God to everyone you meet. That’s silly. It means you WILL be who you’ve created to be and you will be a light that shines in every situation. You’ll use the principles you’ve learned from the Bible in your business, in your job, and in your daily life…all the time…not just when it’s convenient.
Let’s say you run a restaurant. This doesn’t mean you need to change your restaurant to a Christian name or talk about God to your customers. You serve them what they’re paying you to serve them…great quality food. But it does mean you treat your employees with love…you handle and resolve problems with customers…and you keep your word even if it isn’t the most profitable choice.
Let’s say you work a job in a cubicle as a customer service respresentative, programmer, secretary, etc. You’re not working just for the company. You’re working for the Lord.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.”
Col 3:23-25, NKJV
Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart. That’s a tough scripture when you think about it.
How many people do their jobs with their whole heart?
Or how many are simply putting in time for a paycheck? Yet we pray for God’s blessings…
How can God bless something that goes against His Word and His requirements?
Yes, that’s a tough statement, but it’s something we all have to face and think about.
Have you ever noticed how infectious complaining is? Someone starts complaining about their job…and everyone joins in. It quickly decends into a pity-party. You feel left out of the party if you decide to not participate.
The reverse is also true although not seen as often. People who make changes in the world both on a major level and on a smaller more personal level are people who carry the power of enthusiasm.
They’re passionate about the subject. That passion and drive is also infectious. It spreads to those around them. It changes the world.
While many sit in the mullygrubs…others are attracted to those with passion…those who are different…those who care about something bigger than themselves.
Have you found your mission…and your passion…which can drive you every step of the way?
It can help you to overcome problems. It can help you go through the dark times. It can be your path to success.
If not, it’s time to seek God and ask Him to lead you toward your purpose and your goal. Wherever you are now is likely a stepping stone to the next point in your path. It’s a time of growing…not a time for despair.
Be open to it…and keep your eyes on the prize. You’re going somewhere, but you have to keep your eyes on God and His purpose for you.