What Does it Mean to be a Christian Businessman or Businesswoman?
Being a Christian in business does not mean that we are just applying biblical principles and that's it. God created the principles in his
word for a way that will work in the natural world as well as in the spiritual world. So even if you're not a believer, you can find biblical principles in God's word by which you can run your business and be successful at it. They are God's principles for work and life and they work whether you are honoring him as God or not.
So applying biblical principles to our business doesn't make it a Christian business because what we have then is we have this system of ethics or these principles that we're working by. But there is no purpose there for us to be a believer in the marketplace. It means much more than just applying those Christian biblical principles, it means much more than just having Christian ethics. It also means we've got to have a sense of purpose and understanding of who God is with business. What has He given me this business for? Who am I serving? What is the purpose of this? The purpose of man is to honor God, and to enjoy him forever right? So, how do I honor God with this business that he's put in my hands?
Can a Christian be successful in business?
The second thing that we often hear about Christian business is that it means God is prospering me, and my friend Christian business is not about God prospering me or you. Christian business is about doing God's work for his glory because of those principles that work in the spiritual law, as well as in the natural law.
If you do certain things, you will be prospered and God promises blessing on those who are obeying him. He promises to bless those who seek his face, but prosperity is not the point. The prosperity happens just as a natural occurrence of you sowing the seed and watering the seed and harvesting the seed. That's what brings prosperity because God's laws work, but that's not the reason that he gives you a business.
That's not the reason that you are a Christian in the marketplace God is putting you there in the marketplace to carry out a specific purpose, which ties back to number one for his glory, we are here to glorify God. We are here to give his message to the world we are here to shine his light to the Gentiles to set the captives free and when we can do through our work through the opportunities and the doors that our work opens.
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