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

Business Bible study based on Galatians 5:22-23

 




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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

Christian Christmas giftsMany companies take Christmas as a time of the year to give.  They give Christmas cards and some send little or big gifts to their clients.

I have heard you should send gifts proportionate to how much they spend. Others say you should send the same gift to all of them.  Still others say, have a party and only give gifts to those who come.

No matter what your policy is, do you consider Christ in your giving?

What if every business sent really nice Bible’s to all of their clients?  Would that make an impact?

What if every business sent salvation pamphlets in their Christmas cards?  Would that make a difference?

Christ is the whole reason for Christmas.  It is not about gifts, although there is nothing wrong with giving gifts.  We just must consider what kind of message we are sending.

If we send brownies, wine, gift cards, etc. what message are we sending to our clients?

And, if everyone is expecting a gift, then you are competing for attention with everyone. We miss the point of giving when we do it at times that people expect it.

We don’t want to be put in a pile of, “Oh look, another fruitcake.”  We want to stand out and really show appreciation for the INDIVIDUAL we are sending a gift.

I want you to reframe gift giving.  Instead of thinking about what your company can give to another company, ask what you can give another individual with consideration.  Look at their personal social media.  What are they interested in?  What values do they have?  How can you match up what you give with the message the Christ came to save mankind and we celebrate that at Christmas?

Let’s play out a scenario.  Let’s say you find out that a good client of yours named Don has just adopted a dog from a rescue shelter.  You know that he cares about animals.  With further digging, you see that his Mom passed away almost a year ago and he got married two years ago.   His life situations have changed considerably over the last year.

Now ask yourself two questions:

  • What kind of gift should I give Don?
  • How can I make Christ important?

The gift you send would depend on how well you actually know Don.  Is he a believer?  Is he struggling?  Is your friendship close or distant?

When you know who you are sending to, why you are giving the gift and have a strong relationship with the client, your gift will outshine all others.  That individual will feel your love and the love of Christ coming through a carefully thought out gift.

 

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sharing Christ at Christmas partiesHonestly, this is a tough one.  My first impulse, is yes, share Christ anywhere you can.  If you have created a culture within your business that allows you to openly share Christ, then go for it.

But that is not the rest of the story . . .

My wife is a VP at a Credit Union.  She has a few people in her department that do not celebrate Christmas.  She has taken special measures to be honest, but not offend the people she works with.  She created a holiday get together, but wanted to honor those who don’t believe like she does. I applaud her desire to openly live out her faith at the same time to be sensitive to how God is working in the lives of others.

It is tough in the world today.  If we offend someone of different beliefs, we have done an injustice to God.  I am not saying we should walk on eggshells about our beliefs, but understanding what others believe is important.

In your business, you may have a Christmas party for vendor or customers.  That is a great tradition in many businesses.  I don’t have any problem telling them to openly share their faith.  As individuals, we should always be sharing our faith in words, deeds and action.

The question comes about when you want to present the gospel to the whole group.  When you want to do a presentation for everyone, you must pray about it. As a business owner, there will be some people who don’t believe like you do.  Yes, we want to tell them, but how much more powerful is it when we tell them as individuals?

If you want to share with the whole group, do so with wisdom.  You may let everyone know on the invitation that you will be sharing about why you think Christmas is so important.  If you are going to do a presentation, let them know about it.  Let God prepare them to receive a message.

You may even want to read the story from the Bible and let God’s word connect to people deeply.

Whatever you do, make sure you cover it in prayer.  I know some people would say you don’t have to pray about sharing your faith.  That is true.  Yet, as a business owner, you represent Christ in the marketplace.  You want to be wise about how you present God to individuals.

Depending on your business culture and audience, the Christmas party may not be the place to share that message to the crowds, but may be the perfect place to talk to individuals about who you believe in and why!
If you choose to share Christ to a group at Christmas,  check out what this business owner did at his company Christmas party.  (Just click on the sentence to go to the article.)

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