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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Biblical Standards for Business (Honesty II). What do you do when you realize you have been dishonest in a situation?
This week we will focus on Biblical Standards for Business (Humility). How does humility apply in business?
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Philippians 2:3-4 KJV
What is strife? The ESV uses the word rivalry. Business usually has competition, competition leads to rivalry; but as in sports, we can compete with grace, Christlike. Another way to look at strife is pushing people down. Domineering bosses use this tactic. Do you use strife in your leadership?
What is vainglory? The ESV uses the word conceit. Vainglory is puffing yourself up – attitudes and actions that say look at me, look what I did, etc. Do you lead with humility?
If strife pushes others down, and vainglory raises self up, why do people do these? In either case, it makes you feel superior, higher than those around you.
What are we to do? Philippians 2:3-4 instructs us to esteem others better than ourselves, to get our eyes off ourselves and look at others situations. Instead of command and control leadership, lead like Jesus with servant-leadership. But won’t my competitors eat my lunch?
Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:3-11 NLT Can this really work in today’s tough business world?
How is your humility? What is the standard by which you measure your humility? Is God leading you to make any changes?
Bit of Wisdom
LORD, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or awesome for me. But I have stilled and quieted myself, just as a small child is quiet with its mother. Yes, like a small child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD — now and always. Psalm 131 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
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