Your Reputation in Business
Are you full of good intentions but never making headway?
Henry Ford, said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” Our careers are highly dependent on the reputations we build. They’re established by our priorities. For believers, priorities must be founded outside of what the world calls ‘success’. Christ warned that a man could forfeit his soul in the pursuit of gaining the world. Christians in the workplace must live by what the Westminster Shorter Catechism teaches: the chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. Choosing to live with that goal and purpose will establish one’s reputation on Truth. Making money and acquiring success are simply by-products of serving God first. Christian employees and employers have the privilege of building their careers on God’s Word and being salt and light in the workplace.
Is there a cost to living for Christ? Absolutely. In fact, some employees may lose their jobs if bribes and other forms of deceit are required of them, but not their reputation. Your position may prevent you from sharing Christ openly on the job, but if Christ reigns on the throne of your heart, the Holy Spirit will provide opportunities to share. So whether you’re an employee or employer, an appointed or elected official, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
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