Daily, Christians seek the Lord’s guidance, protection, and plan. As Christian students prepare to graduate and join the workforce, it is important for them to continue to seek the Lord’s direction and to integrate His teachings into their job responsibilities. One popular career choice for many students is business. The Lord provides students entering the business world with guidance on the importance of ethical behavior, the meaning of good stewardship, and the significance of leading by example.
Aligning our lives to the commands in God’s word creates a strong ethical compass that guides our decisions as Christian businesspeople. The Bible provides a reference to the negative impact fraud can have in 2 Kings 12:16, “No accounts were kept with the men to whom the money was paid over to be spent on workman since they were honest in their dealings”. The Lord wants Christians to stay true to their core beliefs. Christians should not compromise their beliefs to meet their employer’s needs or to move upward in the company. The Bible provides instruction on the need for individuals to act in a manner that will uphold the Lord’s teachings. This is exemplified in the following verses:
Exodus 22:2: Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.
Leviticus 19:13: Do not defraud your neighbor.
Proverbs 3:29: Do not plot harm.
When Christians are faced with an ethical dilemma, it is important for them to seek the Lord’s direction and to find a solution in keeping with the Lord’s word.
Christians should also understand the meaning of good stewardship and implement it in their work lives. In Genesis 2:15, stewardship is revealed, “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” The Lord wants Christians to take care of their job responsibilities on His behalf. Stewardship is further demonstrated in the Bible when Joseph was in the house of his Egyptian master, “So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had” (Gen 39:4). Christians should not only be stewards for their employer, but also for the Lord.
The Lord commands Christians “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31) In other words, treat others as you would prefer to be treated. Christians in a leadership role and Christians who wish to obtain a leadership role should abide by the Lord’s word and maintain empathy and understanding in the workplace. Following the Lord’s teaching in this instance leads Christians to understand the Lord’s character and guides their interaction and relationships with peers, employees, and customers. Embracing the Lord’s qualities will garner respect and motivate others to mirror the Lord’s teachings in the work environment.
As Christian students move into their careers, keeping the focus on the Lord and His teachings can make the transition easier. When Christian students take the time to integrate biblical principles into their work, He will make His plan known and guide them to their full potential. In Colossians 3:22-24, Paul writes the following for the Christian worker:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Taking time to assess ethical situations with the Lord in mind, being steadfast stewards of the Lord’s wishes, and treating others as the Lord would treat them are all steps Christians can take to ensure the biblical principles are integrated into their daily jobs. As Christians, whatever job is held, it is the duty of a Christian to do the job to the best of their ability to bring glory to the Lord.