What Does The Bible Say About Business? - Being a good follower at work

By Kris Seale on July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!  July 4th is an important day that none of us as American citizens should ever take for granted.  In the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers boldly stated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” [emphasis added]

You might be asking, “What does anything in the Declaration of Independence have to do with what the Bible says about business?” Our Creator (God) has instilled in each one of us a strong desire to have “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  These are rights and basic truths that God places in each of us, just as He placed in us the desire for justice and an overriding sense of what is right and wrong.

Thanks to our forefathers, for their recognition of the rights that God endowed us with, we have the privilege of living our lives in freedom.  Sales guru, Anthony Iannirino stated in his blog this week, “Your life is yours alone to live.  It is yours free and clear, unencumbered by any mortgage to anyone.  You determine what you do with your life, what your greater purpose is, what is meaningful to you, and what contribution you are here to make.  Liberty means freedom.  The way (Thomas) Jefferson used the word (in the Declaration of Independence) it meant self-determination.  You control your own life.  No one has the right to exercise control over you, to make decisions for you.”

As part of this freedom in the United States, we can choose where we want to work and who we want to work for.  We are not forced to work at any particular place or for any particular person – it’s our choice!  Most of us forget this.  Once we find a great place to work and a leader that attempts to follow God’s precepts, we should be good followers. God provides us guidance concerning how we should follow/work:

  • Colossians 3:23-24 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
  • Psalm 90:17 - May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 - For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
  • Proverbs 12:11 - Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
  • Proverbs 13:4 - A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
  • Proverbs 14:23 - All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
  • Proverbs 16:3 - Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
  • Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
  • Ephesians 6:5-9 - Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Let’s be grateful that the founding fathers of our nation provided us with the opportunity to have freedom.  And let’s be thankful that God provides us with “unalienable rights” and a Book to give us needed guidance.



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