Business gurus all across the world tend to have something in common: their passion and undeniable drive for success. These seem like amazing qualities to have, but oftentimes business men and women are seen as cutthroat, manipulative, and downright vicious. Not quite the image of what Christians want to be known for. How can a Christian bring glory to God in their business practices if these are the common characteristics they would need to possess?
Wayne Grudem, author of Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral, dissects the business practices that parallel teachings found in the Bible. We can learn how to mirror God’s own ways in how He conducts His business with the world. We can use those principles to propel our business practices and please Him in the process.
Showing Your Faith in Business Practices
We as Christians are physically in this world, but we are not of this world (John 17:14-15). We are called to be set apart. Understanding this, we can adapt our ways we do business with a Biblical worldview. Wayne Grudem gives the reader a great perspective on how business in and of itself can be pleasing to God. The way we conduct business can be pleasing to God by going against the grain of what you think business typically is. Sleazy salesmen who manipulate your mindset show you what not to be. Scheming, devious plans to drive profit aren’t God honoring, but caring for your customers and showing compassion through your actions are a great way you can be a business minded Christian.
You can show your faith through many ways in the business world including:
- Interactions with customers/clients
- Handling of financial matters
- Respect of co-workers and superiors
- Relationship with competitive companies
Advice for the Business Minded
The business world can be a vicious place at times. It leaves the modern Christian thinking, “Can I really use my talents in business to glorify God?” The answer is simple. Yes. God has this amazing way of allowing us to use our talents for His glory when we let Him work through us. Anything in this world can be perverted and used wickedly, but don’t let that stop you from following the calling given to you by God. Grudem offers guidance for conducting business and avoiding common pitfalls when navigating the financial scene. It can be too easy for Christians as well as others to make costly mistakes and fall into temptations.
If we look to edify God in every act of business we conduct, we will reap the benefits of not only earthly gain but of heavenly as well.