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The Biblical Principles for Business Professionals website and podcast is the place for Christians in business who believe that the time-tested principles found in God’s Word should be a part of everyday life — in business, at home, at church — everywhere. This website, its articles and the podcast is for the Christian business person who wishes to become an effective marketplace missionary. This site contains the Biblical Principles Podcast, Articles, and Discussion Guides to help equip Christians to impact others in the marketplace.
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If something is lovely, it is worth embracing. It is something dearly prized. It is something that is pleasing or agreeable. Music can be lovely. It can be used to glorify God, to praise Him. Literature can be lovely — writings that speak of God’s great character. Our actions can be lovely. Music, literature, and actions can also be ugly, evil, course, unpleasant, and hateful, among many other things.
How do we know what is right? In this world, that which is “right” is defined in many different ways. We live in an age where many believe that truth is relative. Moral relativism is the belief that moral judgments are true or false based on a certain standpoint. Relativists view moral values as being applicable within certain cultural boundaries only. One widely-held belief says, “if it’s true for you, then it’s true. If it’s not true for you, then it is not true.”
When it comes to impacting others in the marketplace, what we do is not the only thing that matters. An emphasis should be placed on character development because what we are will impact what we do. We know that good character leads to good works.
We need to both think on and seek those things which are honorable instead of dwelling on the mundane. The more we dwell on anything that is excellent or praiseworthy, we are seeking the things above. As we seek, we know we will find. Additionally, we need to share what we find, in our daily lives as well as the marketplace.
As Christians who study God’s Word, we are able to spot falsehoods. In the marketplace, this becomes particularly important, as it helps us to discern what direction we should take in the workplace, the kinds of transactions we should make or avoid, whether or not we should hire a particular person, or what kind of company we should align ourselves with concerning our jobs or careers. Become intimately familiar with God’s Word, thinking on that which is true.
When looking at Philippians 4:8, we see a list of “whatevers” to ponder. At the end of the verse, Paul says “if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (NIV). This suggests that there are many excellent things to ponder that are not mentioned in the verse. The idea is to be constantly thinking about the many excellent principles found in Scripture.
Whatever your workplace or career situation is, remember who you are ultimately working for: God! You may receive wages from a company or from clients, but remember that it is God who ultimately provides us with everything. So, to God, in whatever you do, put heart and soul into your work.
There are several “Whatever” passages in scripture. Today, we look at the phrase “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Whether we eat, drink, play, worship, enjoy recreation, or make a business transaction, we do all to God’s glory.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” The Apostle Paul uses the words “encourage” and “build up” — two very similar words, but with some differences. The first word Paul uses means “to call to one’s side” in the Greek. It means to admonish and comfort one another.
Proverbs 28:6 says, “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than the crooked who is rich.” Character is what we are; it defines us. Abraham Lincoln said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Focus on character and eventually others will see a shadow of good reputation. This will make you a more effective marketplace missionary.
Meaningful dialogue begins with establishing relationships with others in the marketplace. When you establish relationships, this gives you the “right”, so to speak, to ask the important questions. After all, as the old saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” If someone knows that you care, they will be more open to dialogue, and reason with you concerning the important questions, on things that matter.
Meaningful dialogue begins by asking meaningful questions. We’ve been looking at four questions that we as Marketplace Missionaries can ask in order to have meaningful dialogue: Where did we come from? Why is the world such a mess? Is there a solution? What do we do about it?
We are discussing how we as marketplace ministers can have meaningful dialogue with others. We know that in most cases, we will have to initiate the dialogue; we will have to ask the important questions in order to start impacting others, bringing them to a Christian worldview.
As a marketplace missionary, you are probably more than willing to answer questions concerning your faith. You may even have a strong defense of the faith, a solid defense for the “hope that is within you.” However, my guess is that not many people are approaching you and asking you about your faith. They aren’t knocking on your door on a regular basis with specific questions about why you believe what you believe. You would welcome more people to ask, and you are ready and willing to answer.
Earlier we explored the need to engage in meaningful dialogue with others in the marketplace. We reason with others through meaningful dialogue so that we may bring people closer to the truth. I also talked about how important it is to both “walk the walk” and “talk the talk.”
In Acts 17, The Apostle Paul made God known in the marketplace. Because he took the time to connect and reason with people, he was asked to speak to the Athenians at the Areopagus, also known as Mars Hill. He received this invitation because he took the time to reason with them.
When the Apostle Paul entered the city of Athens, he saw that the city was full of idols. We know that idols are not just statues of false gods, but is anything we put above/before God.
It’s an old phrase still used by many today: We need “To Know God and Make Him Known.” This is certainly a biblical concept that all who are called by Christ should take to heart. Now, in order to know God, you must know Jesus Christ. We are called to know Christ, to understand God, and to make Him known to others; to wisely make disciples, as is set forth in the Great Commission.