Keeping Your Priorities, God's Priorities

Across countless industries, it can be easy to get caught up in profit margins, market shares, and quarterly goals. However, as Christian business owners and leaders, we are called to focus on something far more significant—God's priorities.

Seek First the Kingdom of God

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." - Matthew 6:33-34

Setting priorities in both business and life is crucial. But consider what life can be like when our priorities align with God's. This scripture reminds us that when we put God first, everything else falls into place. For business leaders, this means making decisions that reflect His will, showing compassion and integrity in all dealings.

The Well-being of Your People

Invest in your team's well-being because they are more than just employees; they are part of God's creation. Prioritizing their mental, emotional, and physical health can transform your workplace into a nurturing environment where everyone can thrive.

Consider some of these ideas that people across the country have implemented and seen positive results:

  • Offer flexible working hours to support work-life balance.
  • Provide resources for mental health, including counseling services.
  • Encourage a culture of mutual respect and understanding.
  • Offer opportunities for employees to participate in bible studies, worship, or times of prayer.

Keeping Faith at the Forefront

Your faith should be evident in every aspect of your business. From how you treat your employees to how you interact with clients, your actions should reflect Christian values.

Ways to keep faith at the forefront:

  • Start meetings with a prayer or reflection.
  • Celebrate religious holidays with your team.
  • Be transparent about your faith and how it influences your business decisions.

Fear Not, Little Flock

"Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." - Luke 12:32-34

This passage encourages generosity and selflessness, values that should be ingrained in our business practices. By focusing on heavenly treasures, we shift our perspective from earthly gains to eternal rewards. This can often fall under the "easier said than done" category. It's so easy thing to put people before finances in the business world. However, Christ has put these employees under our care, not just so that they can boost your business, but so that you can have an opportunity to show the love of Christ to them.

Giving to the Needy

Make giving an integral part of your business model. Whether it’s donating a portion of your profits to charity, volunteering your time, or supporting local community projects, these acts of kindness reflect God’s love.

Ideas for giving:

  • Start a matching gift program to encourage employee donations.
  • Partner with local charities and non-profits for social initiatives.
  • Create a corporate social responsibility (CSR) plan that aligns with your faith.

Prioritizing God's Kingdom

At Christ at Work, we believe that integrating faith into the workplace is not just possible but essential for true success. By prioritizing God's kingdom, caring for our people, and giving generously, we can create businesses that honor Him and positively impact the world.

By following these principles, you not only honor God but also set a powerful example for others to follow. Let's make God's priorities our priorities and watch as He blesses every aspect of our lives and businesses.

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