Impacting the Kingdom of God through business is one of the vital proving grounds of Christian service. The veracity and fast-paced nature of the work environment puts us in a situation where we must either rely on God and his wisdom or the humanity of a self-directed will. The latter sets us up for spiritual failure as human reasoning, decision-making, and motivation pushes out the wonder of His grace and love. God tells us to love Him. God also tells us to love our neighbors. In the business realm that would be our peers and coworkers. Let’s now explore one of the ways that we can do both at the same time and impact His Kingdom through business.
Outside of Jesus Himself (who is the supreme example), I believe we can look to the Apostle Paul as an excellent example for building loyalty and friendships.
And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. (Acts 27:3)
In a very short period of time (the next day), Paul was able build the relationships and loyalty necessary to be courteously treated and given liberty. The liberty given to Paul by Julius was no small gesture. Julius was a centurion with enormous responsibility. As a professional in the Roman army, he was someone who had many men under his command. His task to deliver Paul to Rome and to the emperor was of the highest magnitude. The order to deliver Paul put both he and his men’s lives at stake. Failure would have surely been met with quick judgment and death. Why then take a chance and let Paul roam free (pun fully intended) with such liberty?
Investing in Others
Paul understood the importance of getting involved in the lives of others. He also understood that building loyalty, trust, and friendships were keys to reaching others for the glory of the Lord. When I think about the life of Paul, several key aspects of his Christianity come to mind. First, he loved God with all of his heart, mind, soul, and strength. Second, he knew the necessity of being involved in the lives of other people. Third, he wanted to authentically care for others through as many mentoring opportunities as he could possibly find. Paul understood that investing in people by being a mentor was powerful and produced extraordinary spiritual results. Fourth, he realized that the fellowship had to be lasting and on-going. There would be very little fruit if he was simply getting people saved, checking the box of evangelism, and moving on to the next convert. He desired to stay connected either through letters or face-to-face meetings. Once the ungodly were converted, he knew a plan would be needed for continuous communication and fellowship. How are you doing in your relationship building opportunities at work? Are you building lasting spiritual relationships at work for His Kingdom?
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Michael LaPierre is the director for the Christian Chamber of Commerce(C3) in Pickens County and President of Christian Leadership Worldview International. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org