You Are Light; Let Your Business Reflect It

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You are the light of the world.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14,16

You are the light of the world. Because you are light, God calls you to stand out and shine so others can see your “good works” and celebrate your heavenly father, who makes provision for living life abundantly.

This proclamation that “you are light” and instruction to “let your light shine” has a built in assumption that you are doing “good works” that honor God. If you are unsure whether or not your “works” are good, Micah 6:8 provides guidance.

In this verse, we are told that God requires each of us to:

Act justly,
Love faithfulness (aka mercy); and
Walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

These instructions provide the foundation for what we are to do at all times. They also provide a platform upon which all of our works should be built. If we are acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God – our works will be good. Period.

These instructions, found in Micah 6:8, are not just for our personal lives. They are to be lived out in our businesses too.

But … before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to the beginning … light.

LIGHT…

Your business reflects your life. It reflects both your best attributes and the areas in which you need both prayer and hard work to improve.

In many cases, when clients come to #FaithFocusFlow or #UpwardAction because they need help with business operations or online marketing, the root of the problem can be traced to an element in their personal lives. In fact, this almost always happens.

Because your business is a reflection of you … when you let your LIGHT shine, your business will reflect it. This happens through the “good works” of the business. This is biblical! 😃

Good works.
Okay.
You may be wondering … what are “good works” in business?

Well … I’m glad you asked. 😃

GOOD WORKS …

Let’s go back to Micah 6:8. This verse tell us exactly what God requires of us in life … and business too. Let’s break it down:

Act justly. A business rooted in bible-based principles demonstrates that it knows the difference between right and wrong when dealing with clients, customers, vendors, business partners, affiliates and other people who may work with the business in any capacity. This means being fair in all areas (e.g., pricing, service, fees, etc.).

Being a business rooted in fairness (aka “acting justly”) builds a reputation that makes people want to do business with you. This results in increasing your influence, which in turn grows your business from the inside, out. A reputation for being fair (by acting justly at all times) becomes the “good works” by which people come to know, like, trust and refer your business to others. When this happens, God, our Father, is gloried.

Love mercy. The words “mercy” and “faithfulness” (which each appear in various translations of Micah 6:8) are derived from the Hebrew word “hesed/chesed.” According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesed, this Hebrew word “hesed” translates into concepts like “loyal love” and “loyal kindness.”

A business that demonstrates its “loyal love” and “loyal kindness” takes good care of the people responsible for keeping it in business. You do this by showing love, kindness and loyalty in areas like client/customer service, business partner relationships, affiliate/referral programs and the like. Systems and process around communications are the biggest indication of how much your business is loyal, kind and faithful to those who keep you in business.

Walk humbly. Being in the business of honoring God, serving people and building wealth requires an intense love and affection for the people the business serves and also those who serve the business (e.g. clients/customers, vendors, business partners/referrals, and others – these are your stakeholders).

It’s about them, not you. So, stay grounded. Stay focused on delivering value that gets bigger results, in less time … and doing it with integrity.  Stay humble.

When getting bigger and better results is your focus, your business walks humbly with your stakeholders and will reap a bountiful harvest.

NEXT STEPS … 

Now you know just want needs to be done in order for your business to reflect the LIGHT of Jesus through “good works” that honor God, serve people and build wealth. Go out and DO what you know.

 

 

 

 

 

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