As leaders, are you concerned that driving hard to new heights of achievement in your business is not God honoring? I would argue the opposite. If kept in life balance, God has placed in us a drive to achieve amazing things. There is absolutely nothing inherently wrong with striving to achieve at higher levels in the marketplace. The better question is what is ultimately driving you? The answer to this will determine what aroma is left behind in the marketplace because of your business. As a result, we have the ability to achieve both business success as well as have eternal impacts in our leadership role.
View our Lives like Diamonds
Consider that we can look at our lives and our businesses almost like a diamond. Our lives can be viewed, reflect light and be seen from different angles. Our influence as business owners and leaders in relation to what God has mapped out in scripture will have many levels of impact. With this in mind, consider one angle as our eternal impact through the marketplace.
We have a platform
As we achieve success, we have a natural platform to also influence others towards Christ.
With all the angles and facets of our lives, be encouraged to not segment them. In Colossians 3:1-4, the Apostle Paul reminds us that as believers in God, we have been raised with Christ to a new life. As a facet to leading our business, we are to keep a focus on things above, namely the Kingdom of God. As men and women who seek to honor God, all the aspects and dynamics of our lives are hidden with Christ, meaning are found in Him. This includes our role as leader and in the marketplace.
Segmenting our Lives
In light of this, I believe Paul is encouraging us not to segment our lives into different buckets for purposes of serving Him. Our role and success in business is an amazing part of our purposes. We have been invited into an amazing life of service to Christ in the Marketplace.
As a result, we maximize our eternal impact when we spend time aligning all aspects of our businesses with Him. Consider the impact to employee’s, vendors and customers in our various business processes. As we take time to do this, we will begin to see the Marketplace through His eyes.
As an example, are we the same person on Sunday as we are on Monday? When you think of your business, do you tend to leave your service of God at church on Sunday morning, or take it with you to your business on Monday morning? As the leader in your business, consider you have potentially your highest eternal impact on Monday morning. In this blog series, we will continually encourage ways this can be done and in alignment with God’s word. Stay tuned for next Blog.
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