Gracious God, hallowed be Thy Name, let Your kingdom come and Your will be done as it is in heaven. Father, we thank You for everything You have done for us. We are grateful to You and will remain ever faithful to You in all things. Wonderful God, accept our thanks and praise in Jesus Name.
Beloved, we will be rounding off the week with some home truth teaching. What are your values in life? How do allow these values to interplay with your personal and professional life? We will be considering about “Five Core Values” that will help you to live a worthy life. Don’t forget that you are a “Bible” read by many, be careful how live:
Five Core Values
Five core values that are worth living and dying for:
1. Loyalty to Christ and the Bible
A commitment to follow Christ through uncompromising obedience to His Word. Like two wheels on a bicycle, loyalty to Christ and the Scriptures work in tandem.
“Lord to whom (else) shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.“(John 6:68b)
2. Commitment to the Great Commission
Partnering with God in winning the lost and discipling the saved:
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.“(Matthew 28:19, 20)
3. Faith in the Promises of God
God has given us His “great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature.“(2 Peter 1:4)
The promises of God are foundational to our faith, giving us hope and the ability to believe God for the furtherance of His Kingdom. Without the promises, we end in despair.
4. Vision for Spiritual Reproduction
Investing your life in that of another. Christ invested in The Twelve. Paul invested in Timothy: “The things you have heard me say… entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others also.“(2 Timothy 2:2) Dr. Frank Labauch used the phrase, “Each one teach one.“
5. Practice of Spiritual Disciplines
- Abiding in Christ. (John 15:5)
- Obedience to the Word of God. (John 14:21)
- Intake of God’s Word through reading, hearing, meditation, memorization and study. (John 8:31, 32)
- Speaking to God through Prayer. (Luke 18:1)
- Sharing your life through Fellowship with others. (Hebrews 10:24, 25)
- Witnessing: Sharing with others what you have seen of Christ. (1 John 1:3)
Then come the Big Question, can all these values be translated in our personal and professional life? Come alone with me to see for yourself whether is possible or not:
Is It Possible To Integrate Biblical Values Into Your Professional Life?
Yes! Jesus did it. And so can you!
As a young man, Jesus Christ was in the carpentry business. Can you imagine Him delivering an inferior piece of furniture to a customer?
- Or deceiving people through an advertising campaign?
- Or inflating sale prices beyond reasonable profit margins?
- Or failing to give top notch service after the sale?
- Or underpaying the employees in His carpentry shop?
Can you conceive of Jesus telling the local rabbi, “Well, times are tough. It‘s unrealistic to literally apply Biblical principles to business, given the realities of today‘s business climate. We have to bend the rules here and there to survive“? Hardly.
The fact is that Jesus lived a life of total integrity… and He expects the same of us:
“(He) has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin… “(Hebrews 4:15)
Dr. Laura Nash, suggests five questions we might ask ourselves as we seek to apply Biblical ethics to business:
1. Am I hiding something?
2. Am I hurting anyone?
3. How does it look from the other person’s point of view?
4. Have I discussed this face-to-face?
5. What would I tell my child to do?
If we are unable to integrate Biblical values into our business or profession, perhaps we need to reevaluate our vocation or calling.
Some home truth I call it and I think you agree with me? Someone is asking what happens when am not the direct owner of the business or I have a boss whose values conflict with mine. I will suggest you begin by living right, telling the truth no matter the cost. Live an exemplary life and the boss, spouse, friends who wants you to compromise your values will think twice before saying it or sending you to do otherwise.
Does that answered your question? If not please write to us, stating your case as it is peculiar to you, am sure our senior partner will address it.
Sure! A good way to end the week. Meditate on these values and gradually build it in to your own values and apply it to both personal and professional life. Don’t forget, there is a day of reckoning in every man’s life, what will say standing before your Maker
You will hear from us by God’s grace next week. Till then KEEP YOUR FAITH ALIVE.
Remain blessed in the Lord.