Serving God in Business

how to serve God in business imageHave you ever thought about your business as a way to serve God?

Your business is where you put your time and where your treasures build.  It is the main place where the actions in your life and spirit of God impact your community.

The Bible says we are called to make disciples. (see Matthew 28:19) It is an ongoing action.  In other words, we are to make disciples as we go.

When we own a business all that we do becomes a way to serve God and spread His word.  We are making disciples by being in business.

Take time today to reflect on your impact for Christ.

  • Are you striving to honor God and serve Him with all that you do?
  • How are you honoring God each day with the way you run your life and business?
  • What actions are you taking to make disciples as you go?

 

Take 10-30 minutes to really reflect on each of these questions. You may even want to adjust some of the day to day routines to better align with what God wants from you in your business.

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Today’s video is from Smart and Relentless.  They show you 20 ways to become a better Christian.  And they do it in a video that is less than 4 minutes!

As a business owner and a Christian, the more you grow your spiritual life, the more your business life will blossom.  God wants to show you to success, but he wants to do so by first fully trusting in Him.

 

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business potential purposeBusiness Bible verse wisdom: People want to find their purpose.

Let’s look at Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

As business owners we are specifically positioned to help others find their purpose.  Outside of parents, the only role that is more important is that of a teacher.  Yet, in reality that is what we are as leaders in our business.  We are teaching people about a solution we have in our business.  We are teaching people about their role in our business.  We are helping people develop and become the person God created them to be.

God plants a seed of purpose inside each of us.  Then God uses people and situations to water and care for that seed so that it may grow.  Each person you talk to becomes a seed that needs your care. As a business owner, you have the responsibility to care for all the seeds that God puts in your life.

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

Pray that God will confirm your purpose in your business.  Go back to the reason…the why…you started in business.  Why did God draw you into this business?

Find one person in your business that you believe has good potential.  Encourage them this week and water their seed of purpose.

Take the next step and select one person to mentor.  Create a specific time outside of business hours.  It could just be one evening or one morning a week.  Lead this person in understanding the Bible and help them find their purpose. (If you are a free faith member, you have Bible Study resources to help you in this process.)

 

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peoplewantnoticedBusiness Bible verse wisdom: People want to be noticed and they deserve respect.

Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

As business owners we must realize our impact on others.  The world is craving someone to notice them.  One little moment of respect from you can make a difference in someone’s life for months.  We have the opportunity to change lives because the God who created the universe sent His Son for us.  And, He has given us the message to bring others to Him.

Reconciliation means to bring together.  We bring together the power of God into the lives of those whom we touch.  We have the power of God to help others make their lives better when we take time to notice others and show them the value they have as a child of God.

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

  • Write down a list of every person you come in contact with every week.  Think about the janitorial staff, mail carriers, neighbors, etc.  Evaluate how well you have showed this person the mission of love and respect God gave us.
  • Take some time to think deeply about anyone who needs your forgiveness.  If you are harboring bitterness or holding a grudge you are only hurting yourself and your relationship with God.  Don’t let that get root in your life; release it to God.
  • Find one person who needs a special touch from God and go out of your way to encourage them this week.  Send a hand written note, encouraging email, share a video with them on social media

 

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Bible business wisdomBusiness Bible verse wisdom: Play the Role You Were Given.

Let’s look at Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

As business owners we wear many hats.  We have many roles to play.  We have to be the boss, accountant, mentor, leaders, pastor, spouse, parent, priest, etc.

Each of our roles are part of who we are.  Our personality should remain the same through all the stages and all the roles we play.  We stay ‘in character’ by being the person that God created us to be.

Take each of your roles seriously.  Take time to evaluate all the roles you play.  You may not be an accountant, but you should know enough to evaluate the work of your accountant.  You should have a basic understanding of how money works and finances.  You should know how to read reports and evaluate them quickly.

God created you for a specific purpose, but as a business owner, we have to play all the roles that we are given to the best of our ability.  We must learn, grow and become all that God has create us to be.  We are God’s ‘handiwork.’

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

  • Evaluate Roles: Write down all the roles you play in your business.  Give yourself a grade for each role.
  • Educate Your Roles: Read a book or watch some video training to better develop in an area that you are weak in.  You don’t have to master it, you just need to know more than the average person who works in your business.
  • Delegate Your Roles: Evaluate your interest level and skill level in each of your roles.  Then, evaluate the cost of each role.  If you are spending time doing tasks that could be hired out at ten dollars an hour, you are costing yourself money because you are more valuable than that as a business owner.

 

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business bible verseBusiness Bible verse wisdom: Understand who is in control.

Let’s look at Isaiah 46:9-10 to see practical Business wisdom from the Bible.

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:9-10

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

Too often we try to control everything we do in this life.  We should plan and make every effort to the best we can in every situation, but at that point we have to let Go do what He is best at: taking care of us.  Ultimately, He is in control.

I used to tell a story.  Imagine the three strongest people you can think of (The Rock, Arnold, etc.). They are standing behind you.  A car has fallen on someone you love.  Would you ask these strong people to stand aside as you try to lift the car off your loved one?  That would not be wise.

We must release things to God if we really understand He is in control.  We do as much as we can and then let God take over.  The old saying goes: We have to let go and let God.

It is a good balance.  Remember the serenity prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

  • Post the serenity prayer somewhere close by or make it your computer screen wallpaper.  Just use it to remind yourself that God is in charge.
  • Write down anything that is stressing you out on a sticky note or scratch paper.  Pray about each item one at a time and crumple it up.  Throw it in the trash physically and release it mentally.
  • Commit to praying no less than five full minutes a day for a part of your business that is frustrating you.  Don’t allow any distractions, commit that time to one specific focus.
  • Take a long walk in a park or some sort of nature.  Just look at all the things that God takes care of.  Take a deep breath and release it.  God is taking care of you by providing the air you breathe.  Take the rest of your walk to thank God for all that He provides for us.  (If you can’t get away to take a walk in nature . . .you need to get away and take a walk in nature!)

 

 

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business bible verseBusiness Bible verse wisdom: Life does not have a sound track.

Let’s look at John 10:10 to see practical Business wisdom from the Bible.

The thief comes only to steal kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10

 

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

If life had a sound track, we would know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.  We know by looking at the history of politics that it is not always easy to spot the good guys.  We must have discernment.

We live in a world where people can pretend to be good, only to be harboring evil as they move forward in their personal plan.  Look at how many televangelist’s empires crumbled when the truth came out or how many Christians failed in business because they cheated on taxes or lied to employees.

We can look at this verse we find the answer.  We have to look at the fruits that people produce.  Are they honest? Do they protect others? Do they build up others and add value to life?  Those are the opposite of what the verse defines as a thief.

Jesus came to give us life to the full.  He wants to take our personalities and explode them with His power.  He wants to bring out all of the best of our life and show the world His face shining through us.

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

  • Realize that you are a child of God and should reflect Him.
  • Read Galatians 5:22-23.  Evaluate yourself by fruits.
  • Create a list of the fruits and give yourself a grade for each.
  • Pick one fruit to develop.  Pray for guidance and create a simple plan.

 

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Today’s video is about our perspective here on earth in light of scripture.  Bible verses, visual images and a perspective of life are included in each part of this scripture.

If you are a faith member, you can download any of these images with the Bible verse and the wisdom thought from ‘images’ in your dashboard.  It’s totally free for you!

All of these Bible verses talk about a perspective in business.  The business Bible verses focus on you and who you are according to the Bible.  We just need to understand who we are and help others in the world understand who they are.

The 7 Bible Verses used in this video are:

  1. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
  2. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2:9
  3. Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ Isaiah 46:9-10
  4. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
  5. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
  6. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
  7. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
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Investing in Yourself

investing in yourselfWhen it comes to owning a business, your most valuable asset is you.  You were given the dream, desire and decision to grow your business.  God created you in such a way that you were meant to do something to impact the world.

Before we go too far, let’s look at the biblical foundation for this concept.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

You may say, “This is not about investing.  It’s about worshiping God and loving others.”  I would agree to some extent, but I want you to look further.

The verse says to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  How can you do that unless you are healthy in heart, soul, mind and strength?  How can you do that unless you have invested in yourself in all four of those areas of growth?

When we invest in ourselves we are investing in our worship of God. 

 

We want to love God with all of our heart.  We must invest time in emotional development.  We must seek deep into who we are and find our purpose.  We must then, worship God out of that purpose.

We want to love God with all of our soul.  We must invest time in developing our spiritual lives through Bible study, involvement with church, accountability, giving, worship, prayer, etc.  We must develop who we are as spiritual beings and children of God.

We want to love God with all of our mind.  We must sharpen our minds so that we can worship God with all of our faculties.  We must be ever growing our minds in the purpose that God has given us here on earth in order to honor Him.

We want to love God with all of our strength.  We must start by understanding that our body is God’s temple.  We must feed it healthy food.  We must commit to regular exercise, rest, etc.  We can’t worship God unless we first have the strength to do so in our body.

Investing in yourself is the first way that you begin honoring God.  If we go back to the verse, it says to love our neighbors as ourselves.  If we don’t love ourselves, how can we love our neighbors?  If we don’t love ourselves, how can we truly worship a God who created us the way we are?

As Christians, we should always be striving to be better in all areas of live.  When we start with the simple things we can control, we find ourselves loving God and loving others in increasing capacity.

Think of a 1% growth in each category over the next year. Here are some ways you may want to consider investing in the following areas:

 

Heart:

  • Take a personality test and get to know yourself better.
  • Evaluate your family life and your relationship with friends.  Get rid of any grudges and live in forgiveness.
  • Read Psalms and other Bible stories to identify emotions you relate to and see how people in the Bible dealt with those same emotions.

 

Soul:

  • Take a spiritual gifts test online and determine how God has made you to interact with the world.
  • Commit to regular spiritual habits: Bible reading, Prayer, Church involvement, Giving, etc.
  • Listen to Christian music (any style you prefer).
  • Listen to Christian leaders in business, pastors, or other areas that interest you (Youtube, Podcasts, etc.)

 

Mind:

  • Read a book that helps you in business.
  • Listen to a podcast from a leader you respect in the business world, preferably Christian leaders.
  • Watch a video about a topic that stretches your mind. (Don’t be afraid of opposing views.)

 

Strength:

  • Keep a food journal for a week and evaluate your typical diet. Adjust small areas to better your nutrition.
  • Implement a simple exercise routine start once a week, then three times a week, then six!
  • Get a fitness coach or accountability partner to help keep you on track.

 

I am not saying do all of these at once.  Pick ONE AREA and do ONE THING. Investments grow best little by little.

Life and growth is about small incremental moments.  1% growth in any area is easily attainable.  It could be a simple walk around the block, read a chapter of Bible each day and find a Christian podcast to listen to.

Note: you can do all three of these at the same time.  Listen to the podcast while you walk and eat a fruit or veggie while you walk . . . that’s a three for one . . . and if the podcast is Christian, it could be a little growth in all four areas with one simple activity.

Investing in yourself is not hard.  It just takes a bit of planning and strategy.  If you need help, contact a Christian business coach or find a mentor in your local area.

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You don’t need to compromise your morals or act ruthless to be successful in business. There are many Christians who are succeeding in business without compromising their values.

Thanks to SmartandRelentless for sharing this wisdom.

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