Business Mindset From A Christian Perspective
If you are a Christian, how do you apply scripture and biblical mindset to your business when so much of what our culture elevates and preaches counters it?
God knows that what we want isn't always what we need. I'd venture to say it rarely is. There's a popular quote that says God is more concerned with our character than with our comfort, and it's true.
As believers, we need to place our businesses on the altar and ask God to give us direction when it comes to our goal-setting and plans. I ask Him for wisdom and to adjust my attitudes to line up with His Word and His Will.
I am not the Master of my Universe
I'm finding that many of the self-help and "must-read" books that are so popular in the entrepreneurial circles teach that I am the master of my own universe; I am to tell the Universe what to do and it will bow to my demands...
First of all, the "universe" is the creation not the Creator. There is an even bigger God behind that vast universe and I will bow the knee to Him, not vice versa.
Secondly, I've played that game before only to come back with my tail between my legs asking God for help because I, in my own infinite wisdom, made a huge mess of things by doing them "My Way". No, I'm not a big fan of the Frank Sinatra song and mantra.
By the way, there are a lot of good books that teach practical ways to build your business, to market effectively, overcome objections, etc.
I personally enjoy reading biographies and inspiring stories of individuals who've achieved success by overcoming incredible obstacles and challenges because of their refusal to quit and give up on their vision.
Now I'm NOT saying that all mindset teaching for business is wrong. On the contrary, there is a lot of truth to what is being taught. But we need to recognize as Believers that some of those teachings are only half-truths because their base philosophies come from a new-agey "ME" perspective.
The fact is these were first biblical truths that were watered down and re-packaged without God.
Here are some of those same mindset tips along with their scriptural counterparts
Think positive, empowering thoughts. Philippians 4:8 Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. v13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Avoid Negative Talk. Speak words of encouragement to yourself and others. Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed from your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers; Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof; Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Do the things that will bring about your change because success will not fall in your lap. Matthew 25:14-30 (Parable of the talents); Romans 12:11 (Be) not slothful in business.
Face your fears and conquer them. Joshua 1:9 ...Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid neither be dismayed: for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go; 2Timothy1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Build up your Belief. Mark 9:23 (words of Jesus Christ) "If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes."
What I'm saying is that as Christians we need to discern what is shaping our attitudes in business. Are we going to believe that we are completely self sufficient or are we going to believe God when He tells us we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. Learn to pick and choose carefully the instruction that lines up with His Word. The more I get in His Word, the more I realize it is the absolute authority on true mindset building.
I was reading in Colossians this week and this really spoke to me: Colossians 2 starting in verse 4 "And this I say, lest anyone should beguile you with enticing words...v8 Beware lest anyone spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. v9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. v10 And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power..."
Everything we need is in Christ. And if we are in Christ, then we are complete...but we still need to work it out and walk it out.
All the best,
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