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 Success: End vs. Process. Do you see the process as important as the ends?
This week we will focus on Dealing Falsely. Do you deal falsely in business?
You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. Leviticus 19:11 ESV Most of us won’t steal, flat out take something that belongs to another. But how about dealing falsely? Stating that your product or service is better than it really is? Or giving a low ball price knowing there will be additional costs later on? You might say, “But that’s the way business is done in my industry!” Leviticus 19:11 is a direct instruction from God through Moses to the people, and it connects stealing, dealing falsely and lying. Do you see dealing falsely the same as lying and stealing?
Why are we tempted to deal falsely? Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:13-17 ESV Read this passage again – what does it say to you?
What is the bottom line in dealing falsely? Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:5-10 ESV The bottom line is can I really trust in the LORD and be 100% truthful? Is He active in business today? Will He fill my barns (fill my orders)? This is where trusting my wisdom or trusting God’s wisdom meets the bottom line! Who are you trusting in your business dealings?
Bit of Wisdom
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25 ESV
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?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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Paul Lantz, CBMC