CBMC Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Relying on God’s Resources. How much do you rely on God’s resources and how much do your rely on your resources?
This week we will focus on company aroma. We smell aromas. What do people smell when they are around your company? Companies can have a pleasant smell, neutral or no smell, or they can stink!
The smell of a company is an atmosphere and like a good aroma it can be enjoyable. What makes a company smell good? People don’t just act friendly, caring, and concerned for customers and others; they are friendly, caring, concerned for customers and others, and the people enjoy working there. When you’re in a company with a pleasant aroma, you know it. As a customer you’re drawn to come back.
Some companies smell isn’t bad, nor is it good. The company is just there. You don’t notice anything good, nor do you notice anything bad. There is no aroma. As a customer you don’t say I’ll never come back here, but you’re not drawn to return.
Some companies just plain stink. The aroma is foul. As a customer you’ll never return.
Are you a pleasant aroma? A company is a collection of individuals. You affect the people around you. Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him. Ephesians 5:2 NLT Christ’s sacrifice was a pleasant aroma to God and is to us, too. As we die to self and love others, not just with words but also with deeds, we are a sweet aroma. Is your personal aroma pleasant, neutral, or negative?
And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT As a man thinks, he becomes. Fix your thoughts on what’s true, honorable, and right, think about things that are pure, lovely, and admirable. Do you invest time each morning in God’s Word? Have and are you being transformed? (See Romans 12:2)
Our personal aroma includes the aroma of the Gospel. But thanks be to God, who made us his captives and leads us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing. To those who are perishing we are a fearful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this? 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NLT
Have you noticed that people working in a place that has a foul odor get used to it? Pig farms, sewer plants, and paper mills come to mind. We get used to our environment. Who can you ask to give you an honest analysis of your company’s aroma? Of your personal aroma?
If your company is not a pleasant aroma, ask God to show you what you can do to improve it. If your personal aroma is not a pleasant aroma, ask God to reveal to you how you can improve it.
Bit of Wisdom
The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Proverbs 27:9 NLT
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