Learning to be a Christian Leader in Today’s World.
There is more to running a Christian based business than hanging a Cross in your window.
Gerald J. Zalecki
Whether it is in business or our own personal life we all will face struggles in the choices we make. Many times we know the right thing to do but do the opposite because the outcome is more to our liking. It takes more than talking the good talk to really impress and change the world around us. We all need to let our actions and deeds speak the loudest for how we think. The common business ideology is growth and success often mean more then integrity, but what about the Christian in business? For a Christian ...view middle of the document...
I also see how my fellow Christians truly embrace this thought and how it can affect your life.
One example of how the same message is repeated over and over is the idea of treating each other fairly. Throughout Proverbs in 11:1 “The Lord detests dishonest scales”, 16:11 “Honest scales belong to the Lord”, 20:10 “Differing weight and differing measures-the Lord detests them both”. We are being told over and over to be fair and treat people right. As a Christian in the business world we always need to be aware of our actions and how we are treating the people we interact with. I cannot just say I am a Christian and then cheat my way to the top.
As I read Life on the Vine by Phillip Kenneson I really started to see what it takes to be a Christian and what I can do to help not only myself and others. In Mathew 7:15-20 Jesus talks about how only a true believer like a tree will bear good fruit. Then in Galatians 5:22-25 Paul writes, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Throughout the book Kenneson explains what we need to do to develop these traits to be the most productive and strongest fruit bearers. I am not going to try and cover every one of these fruits but instead talk about the ones that moved me the most while taking this class.
The first fruit I want to talk about is love and how we as Christians are to cultivate and share our love to strengthen ourselves and our churches. So often in today’s world we worry about what’s in it for us, or why should I worry about that person? This is completely against what God wants for us to do and was evident when he sent his own Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Jesus took the punishment we all deserved for any sins committed or that will be committed, while we just stood back and watched. John 3:16 tells us exactly this when it says, “For God so loved the world the he gave his one and only son”. This is often one of the most difficult things for us to do as Christians, but we fail to realize the opportunities when they arise.
As a Christian in we can always find ways to share the love God has for us, all we need to do is look. It can be as simple as helping to cook a meal for others or visiting shut-ins in our communities. The key to sharing this love is to make it not about what we can get from doing this but what it means to another person. How often have we thought to ourselves we can cook a meal for someone we know, but then we think well then I need to clean my house, or take time out of my busy day. If this is what God wants us to do then we should just do it not worry about the inconvenience it is to our life. The simplest explanation is we need to stop making life about us and make it about others and what God wants. That’s how we share the love he had for us and pay his love forward.
Another one of the fruits he talks about is Faithfulness and how it can impact our lives. As Christians we often take...