I started the first business about 17 years ago. As it became more and more successful I was asked what made it different, why was it succeeding in a market where others in my trade were suffering? The more I traveled and spoke to groups, the more apparent it became that many business owners wanted to know how to actually integrate faith in business.
It forced me to do a lot of searching and thinking. I am committed to only teaching principles that I am committed to, and rules that I live by. One afternoon while being interviewed on a good friends podcast “Jon Schober’s (Coffee With Jon)”, the truth came flooding to me like a river. That truth was that my success had been built on my faith.
I know this has become a quote “No- No” in business to discuss because someone may be offended, but the reality is that this is where my secret sauce comes from. It is also where I built the business from, and ironically anyone that chooses to follow me follows him because I follow Him. He said “in me, you will find fountains of living water”!
All of the businesses that I own or have ownership in are all driven by similar or in some cases the same Core Values. Because “we” as the owners (risk takers), know what it’s like to stay up all night working, sacrificing time with our loved ones.
Yes, I have had other business owners say, well Christian businesses need to have weekly devotionals and bible studies to count, and still others base it on only hiring those like themselves. (This is something all companies struggles with Christian or otherwise). I disagree with this approach because Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. Which means more than anything I need to be an example of Jesus and his love towards others. Jesus went to the well, kneeled in the street, met others by pools, did work in the homes who were not yet believers and more. He did so not because there was the expression, of religion, but there was an expression of himself. Jesus knew that for them to know Him, they would first need to experience Him. So he gave so that others may know. He showed love long before anyone earned it and was worthy of it. Jesus did not discriminate, he loved all and even when others cast out on him hate, he loved them anyway.
If you struggle as I did with desiring for a business to be a light, then we must first be the light ourselves. Which means we must learn, teach, and reach as Jesus did, out of love. Jesus did not cram anything down anyone’s throat he simply let they experience love and true love abundantly. Here are a few ways that you can be that light and create light of the Lord in your business.
7 Ways To Integrate Faith In Business
- Leave condemnation at the door: Judgment of others has no place in business and indeed no place in our lives. If we are honest with ourselves, we will always and forever be the worst Sinner we will ever truly know. We can easily repel others at the door by simply insisting that they are us. What greater Pride is that?
- Funnel our choices through the lens of Christ: I did this successfully by posting our Core Values on the wall for all to see and for all to share. The Core Values are based on biblical principles, and I found that even the most devoted atheist can agree on defined morality. Truth’ is truth and cannot be disputed. So having a Core Value that says “ Be caring and considerate of everyone” is truth and rooted in scripture, just like “Pursue a spirit of excellence in the marketplace”, “ Be diligent and quick to respond”, “ Give customers the experience, joy and dedication “. These are all examples of real Core Values that Jesus exemplified to believers and were also absolute truths in morality and ethics.
- Don’t be Afraid (You own it, so own it): Be you and be light. If we are the LIGHT of Jesus, they will see the light of Jesus, and we do so by letting Jesus be Jesus. Our job in life is to be salt and light, and if we do that well we are serving him well, let Jesus bring them to you once he has prepared their heart. Move away from the feeling that it has to be done today. Jesus always spent the best currency on earth with those he loved, and it’s called “Time.”
- Be the leader: We must become light, so study light, live light, and show light. Jesus will show through every action, choice, and meeting taken. Know that a noun- believer is looking for another reason to say a Christian is evil to an extent. They want to believe but take actions that show them Jesus’s truth is not truth, then how can they know his truth. Be honest, have integrity, teach and mentor. Be like the teacher exhibiting that which he teaches.
- Never hire or fire on faith: The strength in our business comes from the fact that we hire and fire based on the merit of the team member. Hiring and firing on faith alone shows a belief system that all must be a part of the Kingdom to be part of the business kingdom. Here is the issue. We have removed ministry by the principle of action from our company. Light must be shined and shine it must.
- It’s ok to pray: It’s ok to pray out loud and with the team, provided you know that a brief explanation is required to set an expectation and understanding. It’s important for the attendance of prayer to be optional, and is not mandatory for employment or advancement. (You must mean it!! )
- Be cognizant of the prayer: Your business can be a ministry to people in and around it. Our prayers consist of things that are difficult to argue, for example, safety for the team, favor, of the business, and wisdom in direction. It’s not the best time for prayers of repentance and salvation. I am convinced that when Jesus opens those doors he will bring them to you when it is time. Remember we want them to see the light, and not be scared away from the gospel by things they don’t yet understand. Everyone favors wisdom and understanding, and we all need it as well. I do end in Jesus name, Why because he is my Alpha and Omega my beginning and end. He gave me the business, and it’s my sacrifice to him. I, however, will not judge.
It is sometimes difficult to be patient with people; we want them to see things our way, but it seems growth happens when we learn to lean each others way. The Gospel has always been best shared through the power of relationship. It is how Jesus did it, and it is how I encourage others to do it. If we truly desire to be great, then we must first be a good steward of the truth. When Christ’s light shines through us, there is no one that can deny it. I say be patient with people because our Lord is faithful with you.
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In your service,