by Larry Burkett
"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (James 1:22 NIV).
The purpose of a Christian's business is to glorify God. The day-to-day functions are the things we do to accomplish that purpose. No one function is more or less important, and each must be done with excellence.
For instance, if the business aspects are neglected to do evangelism, quite often the business will fail. If the ministry functions are neglected to generate profits, the business loses its witness in the world.
This certainly can be observed in our society today. Often the term Christian, in conjunction with a business, brings to mind an image of people who don't pay their bills and tell the creditors they are just "trusting the Lord" for their money.
The truth is, there are many Christian-run businesses that are extremely profitable and are operated honestly and ethically, but few people even know the owner is a Christian, because that p erson is keeping his or her beliefs a secret.
Obviously these extremes do not constitute every Christian-run business. But of the more than 250,000 Christian-run businesses in America, few present a balanced image of good business practices based on biblical principles.
"A false balance is an abomination to the Lord" (Proverbs 11:1).
If you don't own or operate a Christian business, pray today for someone who does. Ask God to give that person wisdom and discernment of His will and ask Him to help the owner or manager to be a shining light in the community.
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