Introduction video for our series on Using the Fruits of the Spirit in Your Business.

Business Bible study based on Galatians 5:22-23

 




Love takes a business beyond profits and aligns our hearts with people the way God sees them. #Christianbusiness #Christianentrepreneur Click To Tweet

Introduction video for our series on Using the Fruits of the Spirit in Your Business.

Business Bible study based on Galatians 5:22-23

 




God will grow businesses whose leaders are growing the Fruits of the Spirit. #Christianbusiness #Christianentrepreneur Click To Tweet

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.

In business, we serve God with the impact we make in changing lives. #Christianbusiness #Christianentrepreneur Click To Tweet

Christian Business Ethics

christian business ethicsLet’s look at Christian business ethics.  What is it? Why does it matter?  What can we do about it?

 

Defining Business Ethics

Investopedia defines business ethics as “the study of proper business policies and practices regarding potentially controversial issues, such as corporate governance, insider trading, bribery, discrimination, corporate social responsibility and fiduciary responsibilities.”

Wikipedia defines it as “a form of applied ethics or professional ethics that examines ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that arise in a business environment.”

As Christians, we add a layer of accountability onto our business because we know that God is in charge of our business.  We have the Bible as our guideline for all of our principles and policies in our business.  We have a higher moral structure to everything we do, or at least we should.

Here’s what the Bible says about ethics in Colossians 3:1-6:

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

 

Why do ethics matter?

Everyone wants to be treated fair.  Ethics help us define what is fair in business no matter what the circumstances.  We need to have a set of guidelines that helps even the newest person we hire understand how to handle tough situations.

Ethics are hard to nail down specifically, but you know it when you see it.  Setting up guidelines can be easier if you have the Bible to guide, but it may be hard to find all of those edges of things that could happen if you don’t take time to to really understand the core values in your business.

 

What can I do about it?

Write out some basic understandings in your policy and procedures manual.  Put in your values and the codes that your business operates by.  Allow the moral structure to be clear and concise, but make sure it is broad enough to cover your business.  Here are three questions from “The Power of Ethical Management” that may help you define the ethical policies of your business.

  • Is it legal?
  • Is it balanced (fair)?
  • Is it right?

If you really want to nail it down your business ethics run some scenarios with your staff or at least the leadership. This will get everyone in the same mindset and help you find holes in your policies.  Keep is moving and think about what ‘could’ happen and how your company should respond.

 

Conclusion

Christian business ethics is about living your life by biblical standards and running your company as though God is in charge.  It’s pretty simple in theory, but living it out is a daily decision.  When times get tough and shortcuts can be made, we have to stick to our true north: God’s word.

 

Christian business ethics means God is in charge and you know it. #Christianbusiness #ChristianBusiness #Christianethics Click To Tweet

 

Using your gifts

Christian business giftsThe Bible is full of failures yet each of those failures accomplished something great.

Look at Samson.  He had powerful strength.  He had the blessings of God, but he rejected them for a woman.  He was blinded and made to work hard without his strength.  But he turned back to God and in his last final breath brought down the enemies of God.

I love the story of Samson.  The ending is tragic, but it did not have to be.  Imagine what could have been accomplished if Samson had stayed in line with God. What if he had lined his life up the way God had planned: how much more would he have done for the Kingdom?

God gives us gifts.  We can choose to use our gifts for our own personal desires or choose to use them for God’s purposes.

You have a choice today.  Do you use your gifts to build God’s kingdom?  Do you build your business on the principles that God gave you?  Do you satisfy eternity before you satisfy yourself?

Make decisions based on eternity and the present will always point towards God. #ChristianBusiness #ChristianEntrepreneur Click To Tweet

Business Bible Wisdom: Growth

Business Bible WisdomBusiness Bible verse wisdom: Everyone is in some stage of growth.

Let’s look at 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

Quick Wisdom from this Business Bible Verse:

The Bible is full of images of growth.  We see images like seeds, babies and money.  Jesus frequently uses parables that include growth.  He talks about the Kingdom of God.  All that He teaches is applicable for this world as well as the Kingdom.

God built us to grow.  All through our lives we are growing. More than that, we are growing towards eternity.  Our spiritual lives are always growing and so is everyone else.  As a business owner, we must see people in light of eternity.

 

Putting this Business Bible Verse in Practice:

Evaluate yourself.  On a scale from 1 to 10, where are you in your spiritual growth.  One being a baby Christian, ten being as close to God as you can get here on earth.  Set a plan to read the Bible, prayer, get involved in church, etc. to get your spiritual life to the next level.  Remember, 1% change is all it takes!

Pray for each of your employees.  Pray that God will allow you to influence them for His Kingdom.

Encourage Growth: Take a moment to find employees who you see growing.  Encourage them and help them take the next steps.  You can also acknowledge them or reward them.  What gets rewarded, gets repeated.

Encourage Dreams: Take a moment to find an employee who is not doing well.  Talk to them and ask them about their dreams, goals and aspirations in your business or elsewhere.

 

Even business growth takes our mind from the now to eternity. #ChristianEntrepreneur #Christianbusiness Click To Tweet

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.)

 

Business is an opportunity to water the seeds of potential and help people find their God-given purpose. #ChristianEntrepreneur #Christianbusiness Click To Tweet

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

 

Business owners have God’s mission of love, respect and reconciliation. #ChristianEntrepreneur #Christianbusiness Click To Tweet

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.

 

You were created by God to be the best You, You can be. #ChristianEntrepreneur #Christianbusiness Click To Tweet

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!)

 

 

In business, we do our best and let God take care of the rest. #ChristianEntrepreneur #Christianbusiness Click To Tweet