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 a Thanks Index. Do you experience joy as a result of being thankful even when a situation is mostly negative?
This week we will focus on the Peter’s Principles. While the following passage refers to elders in the church, it can be applied to leadership in a company.
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share his glory and his honor when he returns. As a fellow elder, this is my appeal to you: Care for the flock of God entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly — not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your good example. And when the head Shepherd comes, your reward will be a never-ending share in his glory and honor. You younger men, accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. 1 Peter 5:1-7 NLT
Peter indicates he too is an elder (leader). Why is it important to be a leader and not just an order giver?
He tells us to care for the people he has entrusted to us. Do it willfully, not just because you have to or just for profit. Peter gives us the higher motivation for caring for your people – because you’re eager to serve God. Do you see caring for your people as a higher calling?
Next he tells us to not lord it over these people, rather lead them by your good example. Do you ask people to do things you would not be willing to do yourself? (Note: The issue is willing to do, not capable of doing as we might not have the necessary skill.) Why do people respond more to servant-leadership than command and control leadership?
Again Peter reminds us to keep the bigger picture in sight – when the head Shepherd comes we will receive the never-ending share in His glory and honor. Does this motivate you?
While our society often overlooks the wisdom of older people, we need their wisdom. Do you have one or more older people you consult with on business and life issues?
Finally Peter instructs us to serve each other in humility. Why? God sets himself against the proud, but shows favor to the humble. Who wants to have God against them? So humble yourselves under the all mighty power of God, and in His good time he will honor you. Do you really believe this? Do you act like you believe it?
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. How much time do you invest in giving your worries to God? Why not schedule a weekly time, maybe daily? (Note: I once met a Firestone VP who scheduled Time Alone with God (TAG Time) daily during his regular work day.)
Bit of Wisdom
So if you are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you. 1 Peter 4:19 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted 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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