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Biblical Business Principles – The last week we focused on Service Sells. Is your company characterized as being thankful and serving?

This week we will focus on Two Questions. Happy are people of integrity, who follow the law of the LORD. Happy are those who obey his decrees and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Psalm 119:1-4 NLT How are you doing in your business at walking only in His paths?

What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD) What would Jesus do originally came from a book In His Steps, written by Charles Sheldon in 1897. The subtitle of the book is What Would Jesus Do? In it people, including a businessman, were challenged to not do anything without first asking, “What would Jesus do?” This challenge is the theme of the novel. The initials WWJD has become popular in our time. Have you ever asked this question in your business decisions? Do you ask it frequently?

While this is a good question, especially for planning future actions, much of business, especially small business, is frequently just getting the job done. There is often no time for a conference room planning session!

Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your principles! Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your commands. When I learn your righteous laws, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your principles. Please don’t give up on me! Psalm 119:5-8 NLT

Another question needs to be asked –

Is What I’m Doing Pleasing God? (IWIDPG) While IWIDPG isn’t catchy, asking “Is What I’m Doing Pleasing God?” is a good check on our current actions. Could asking this question impact your business actions? If yes, how will you remind yourself to ask it?

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your principles. Psalm 119:11-12 NLT

Can you pray and proclaim with King David –
I have recited aloud all the laws you have given us. I have rejoiced in your decrees as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your principles and not forget your word. Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word. Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law. I am but a foreigner here on earth; I need the guidance of your commands. Don’t hide them from me! I am overwhelmed continually with a desire for your laws. You rebuke those cursed proud ones who wander from your commands. Don’t let them scorn and insult me, for I have obeyed your decrees. Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on your principles. Your decrees please me; they give me wise advice. I lie in the dust, completely discouraged; revive me by your word. I told you my plans, and you answered. Now teach me your principles. Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful miracles. I weep with grief; encourage me by your word. Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your law. I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your laws. I cling to your decrees. LORD, don’t let me be put to shame! If you will help me, I will run to follow your commands. Teach me, O LORD, to follow every one of your principles. Give me understanding and I will obey your law; I will put it into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for your decrees; do not inflict me with love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Reassure me of your promise, which is for those who honor you. Help me abandon my shameful ways; your laws are all I want in life. Psalm 119:13-39 NLT

David recited, rejoiced, studied, reflected, delighted, memorized, lived, obeyed, observed, desired, meditated, and wept on God’s laws, decrees, commands, ways, principles, and truths. How many of these descriptors can you check off?

WWJD and IWIDPG!

Bit of Wisdom
For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. Ezra 7:9-10 ESV

Forums Ministry News
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. View a promotional video at: http://www.crown.org/cart/videos/BI277/BBTBMed.asp
Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church? For more information email plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com

BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles. For more information contact: plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com
Forums Groups help one-another solve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential environment. For additional information go to:
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The Forums Ministry includes Business by The Book Workshops, BBB Groups, Forum Groups and the Business Leadership Forum. See http://md.cbmc.com
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