Characteristics of Successful Christian Businessmen
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his book “The Measure of A Man” observed that when John saw a new Jerusalem coming down from heaven, he noticed the city had length, breath and height and they were all equal. These equal dimension represent completeness. A Christian businessman should grow in four dimensions to be able to remain effective in their home their business and their spiritual growth.
Faith, favor, wisdom and works are four key areas where Christian entrepreneurs can make positive changes to enhance the possibility for success. Luke (2:52) says Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, favor with God and man. Each day we’re working toward developing our lives and their growth is important in making our lives complete.
Four Key Qualities for Success
Faith is the spiritual dimension, the foundation of our relationship with God. If you have faith and don’t doubt, when challenges arise you can tap into his power, a power that no resistance can defeat.
Favor. We need favor with God and man. This requires us to develop a vertical fellowship with the master and horizontal relationships with others. We should seek opportunities to share our testimonies, about how we overcame obstacles and problems through the word of God, with those who are lost and all of our friends and colleagues.
Wisdom is an intellectual dimension. Every successful businessman seeks knowledge about the markets he serves, the products he sells and should be able to explain their benefits to those who purchase them. Likewise, the man of God must increase his spiritual knowledge so he is equipped for every good work. He should have a Bible,a good concordance and bible dictionary to help him extract valuable truths from the scriptures.
Works represents our physical dimension. Christian businesses have a moral obligation to enrich the cities where we do operate and live. We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Toxic dumps, strip clubs and casinos can bring destructive consequences to communities. Paul told Timothy to remind Christians to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share.
We are all in business for ourselves, building our lives. You are the largest stockholder in your corporation and it is your responsibility to make sure that the company increases in value.
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