Applying Biblical Principles To My Job & Business (Part-II)
5. Work Hard - Proverbs 10:4, 21:5, 27:23. Don’t spend your days scheming shortcuts to success. The reason many people underachieve is that they are not willing to pay the price of hard work. Lazy people do not impact the world for good. Rather, they have a negative effect on those in their sphere of influence, Ask God for his evaluation of your work ethic.
6. Seek good counsel - Proverbs 11:14; 13:18. Good advice is invaluable. The wisdom of a Godly colleague can save you from disaster. You must be teachable, however, to benefit from counselors. Be proactive. Enlist a group of wise friends to help you process ideas and issues. Don’t be like king Rehoboam who ignored sage instructions and listened instead to people who led him to his riun (1 Kings 12:1-20). Only fools isolate themselves from those who will tell them the truth (Prov. 18:1).
7. Honor the Lord with your wealth – Proverbs 3:9; 11:25. Can God trust you with riches? Some Christian’s business people seek wealth simply to improve their lifestyle. Others have a greater vision for their earnings-investing in God’s kingdom. Your decisions in this regards will set you apart from secular magnates. While many non-Christians businesspeople are philanthropic according to their personal interests, Christians give generously as God directs, knowing he will lead them to invest in eternity. Jesus urges: “Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over-will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke6:38).
8. Show mercy – Proverbs 11:17 Running a business or leading an organization requires some tough calls, but as you seek to improve your company’s standing, never forget to show mercy. You are where you are by God’s grace. It is possible to succeed in competitive markets while being gracious (Mic. 6:8).
9. Control your anger – Proverbs 15:18; 16:32; 29:11; Col. 3:8. Many leaders gave lost everything because they could not control their temper. Anger is deadly sin. Fury blinds people to what is important; resentment eats away at your soul. Wrath destroys relationships, causing otherwise intelligent people to say foolish, devastating things. Anger has no place in a Christian leader’s life.
10.Don’t fear people – Proverbs 29:25. God is the only One a spiritual leader should fear. He is the One who eventually hold everyone accountable for their actions (2 Cor. 5:10). Letting people intimidate you makes you vulnerable to compromising your faith and integrity. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). Don’t live in fear. Follow your Christian convictions and allow God to vindicate you in his own way.
Whether you are in a Govt. sector / corporate or a Church ministry, you are an ambassador for Christ. Your integrity is priceless. Don’t allow anyone or anything to demolish it. God’s word is full of promises for those who honor him (I Sam 2:30) Scripture also warns us that if we pervert our ways, we will eventually be found out (Pro 10:9)