All people struggle with worldly temptation and the business in no exception. There is the temptation of money, dishonesty and self-centered life in general. As christians we are called to abstained from the worldly temptations. Here are some biblical principals to help you navigate the workplace as a christian
- Do not love money
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrew 13:15
The Lord has called us to not love money but this is a common temptation of all people. We have to approach this issue with two things in mind as Christians, first God has called us to tithe 10% of our income to him and secondly we need to know that God will take care of his people, we see that in his word. Let’s look at the call to tithe first. The reality is that God does not need our money. He gave us the money in the first place and is only asking for 10% back. Yes, God could have just withheld 10% in the first place but he is allowing us an opportunity to be obedient by asking us to tithe. This command keeps us accountable about what we are serving, the Lord or money? Next we just need to trust the Lord and that he will do what he has said that he will do. He has literally stopped the son for his people when they have asked and there is nothing that he will not do for his people. If you look in God’s word you will see time and time again that God is the deliverer of his people. The practical application of this is just submit yourself to His word, if you find your worth in Christ you cannot serve two masters and you will not need money to fulfill you.
- Pay Proper Wages
‘For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”’ 1 Timothy 5:18
For those of us in management, it is crucial that we represent Christ in the way that we pay our employees. There are over 50 different places in script that it refers to paying people fairly. This goes hand in hand with not loving money. When you pay your employees fair, your bottom-line my not be as healthy but your people will respect you more. The fruit of this equitable pay is that you can have gospel opportunities to explain to your employees why you do what you do. This is a great way to represent Christ by loving your employees well in this way.
- Respect Authority
“Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.” 1 Peter 2:17-18
Not all bosses are fun to work for as everyone can attest to that, everyone has had a boss that they did not love to work for but God calls us to submit ourselves anyways. The reason that He calls us to do this is because He has given us a purpose in every situation that He places us in. If we are not submissive we can miss that purpose entirely. If we know the Lord and we trust him with our sanctification, surely you can trust that he has your best interest in mind so look for opportunities to seek the Lord and expand his kingdom even when we do not feel that we are in the best of situations in the workplace.