Christian Business Owners: Does Your Business Reflect the Two Greatest Commandments?

Feb 14, 2010, Written by Sue Miley

What would you do differently in your business if you REMEMBERED that everything we have is from God, including our business?  What if you thought about it as God’s business that He has asked you to run for Him?   Have you thought about it? Or are you just running as fast as you can to keep up with all of the moving parts that are present when you are running your own business.  It’s funny how momentum just takes us and we get in a routine of fighting fires or resting between fires.

Simplifying my Christian Values

As a Christian when I feel I am getting off track in my spiritual life I try to stop and review where my heart is and my time is being spent.  Of course, many times this takes me on many rabbit trails and I feel like I am failing in my Christian walk.  Then I stop the self defeating cycle of negative babble in my head and remember that even Jesus prioritizes.  He boiled the ten commandments and our Christian walk down to two most important commandments:

  1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
  2. And to love others as you love yourself

Business and the Two Greatest Commandments

He prioritizes and he simplifies.  We do so many things each day in our lives, including our business.  What really makes a difference?  I want to pose a way you can look at these two commandments for your business:

  • If we are praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, following our Christian values, and continuously trying to do work that glorifies God, I feel like we are loving Him.  I try to remember it is His business, not mine.  How am I going to treat the business of the King of the Universe?  What is my attitude going to be?  Will I be complacent or coming up with new ideas for His business?  Will I strive for excellence and to make a difference?
  • If I am loving others in my business, how would that look different than today?  How would I treat employees, vendors, and customers?  Would I be more emotionally present in all of my interactions?  Wouldn’t I want to make sure that my customers received the highest value?  Wouldn’t I want to provide solutions to my customers needs?

A Challenge to Christian Business Owners

Jesus is God and He has a God view.  He is so smart that He is able to bring all of life down to two commandments.  I have a challenge for all Christian business owners.  Think about these two commandments and how you can apply them to running your business.  Think about how your business would look if you REMEMBERED it is really God’s business that He is letting your run.  What would you change over the next couple of months if you were to focus your business on upholding these two MOST IMPORTANT commandments?  I would love for you to share your ideas in the comment section.  Let’s share our thoughts with other Christian business owners so we can be a light to the world!

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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.

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