When we talk about business, we talk about mission statements and value statements. Yet, we forget the foundational values of the Christian business owner based on God’s word.
We talked about the action of integrity and the decision of character. Today, I want to get into the values found in God’s word.
Biblical values are the core beliefs that guide everything we do in life and business as a Christian. . . or at least they should be.
Instead of listing all the values we can find in God’s word let’s look at a good and bad example of using values from God’s word.
Let’s start with the bad. There was a time, horrible as it was, when people used God’s word to force others into slavery. They took the Bible out of context to fit what they wanted in this life. They distorted God’s word to suit their needs. Honestly, there are some churches that exist today that distort God’s word to make life comfortable for them or miserable for others. That is not and has never been what God’s word is about!
Now the good. I could recount hundreds of personal stories and all kinds of business stories I have read about God’s word impacting lives. I could talk a bunch about Zig Ziglar who built an ’empire’ based on Christian values. He is famous for saying, ‘You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” I heard him say he got that right out of God’s word. He ran his business and his life on the Golden Rule. (Here’s a great interview with Zig about his faith.)
Christian values simply means we are basing our lives on the Bible. We have a foundation to God’s word that undergirds. . . upholds or braces…our entire life. We use God’s word as the ‘glasses’ by which we see the world. They tell us how we worship God, treat people, and interact with the world we live in.
The only way we can live by God’s word is to know what is says. 2 Timothy 2:15 reminds us that we must “correctly handle the word of truth.”
As Christian entrepreneurs, we must understand God’s word foundationally. We must dig down deep into the solid foundational truth of what God says. If God does not directly state a fact, we must be cautious to tread where only angels dare walk.
The Bible is not a convenient book. It is however a book that will shape your life and your business in ways that will stand the test of time. I think back to Zig Ziglar. He left this world and what he built still stands and still grows because he based his entire concept of life on God’s word.
How good is your biblical understanding of God’s word? How much do you really know about what the Bible says about business? How much time do you spend digging into God’s word to find how He wants you to run your business and live your life?
If you need some help getting started, we have a free membership to help you get a strong foundation to what God says about the Bible. If you would rather, I have a 10 minute webinar that helps you understand how to understand the Bible better.
I urge you, plead you! Until we dig into God’s word and apply His principles to our business and personal lives, Christians will never be respected as the Children of God we are called to be. Do something TODAY, Christian!
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