June 28, 2012

Business As Mission

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 28, 2012

“Paul went to see them [Pricilla and Aquila], and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.” Acts 18:2b-4

Business is an excuse to be an excellent example of a Jesus follower. It is a professional platform to perform good deeds and exhibit integrity in business interactions. The sacred and secular are partners in business as a Kingdom mission models actions that speak louder than words. When work exceeds the industry standard, people begin to ask “Why?” Indeed, a company that acknowledges Christ as the owner is positioned for God’s favor.Do the values of your company mirror the heart of Jesus? Are honesty, humility and hard work embraced as everyday virtues to live out? Are team members quick to serve, find solutions and give positive feedback? If our work culture reflects the character of Christ we will attract team members with the character, competency and chemistry to take the company to the next level. Great people are not motivated by money alone, but by a mission much greater than themselves. Greatness comes to a company with a greater purpose.

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3

Is your real mission just to make money or is it to transform lives? Is going the second mile service to the customer the creed of your culture or are they seen merely as a means to a financial end? An enterprise that glorifies God with outstanding service and superior products will produce fruit that remains. Become better and you will become bigger for the right reasons. Your work done well is a testament to God’s grace, faithfulness and favor.

Furthermore, a leader who submits to the Lord does not lord it over other team members. There is a gratitude that governs a humble leader’s heart so that they lead and manage out of appreciation and accountability, not as an intimidating, autocratic ruler. Even if a supervisor or employee does not believe in Jesus they can still behave like Jesus. When we create a culture friendly to faith, we grow a team of people who have faith in each other.

Therefore, be intentional to integrate Scriptural principles into your life and work. Use your business or ministry to make life better for people and people better for life. Be bold to tastefully and professionally pray for people. Give time off for team members to invest in their marriages and travel on mission trips. Grow leaders who will pour into their teams. Dedicate your company to Christ and He will determine your steps for success.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I dedicate Your company to You, for Your purposes.

Related Readings: Exodus 32:16; Jeremiah 31:33; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8

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Comments

  1. Tanika says:

    Awesome reminder of what my focus should be as a business owner.

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  3. Steve says:

    Boyd and Tanika —

    It’s a great reminder for me as well.

    Sincerely,

    Steve

  4. Crossworld says:

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