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Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:12

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YOUR RIGHTEOUS REPUTATION

Righteous Reputation attracts new business, helps you retain your current clients + customers, and glorifies God. This type of reputation flows from three things:

(1) Excellence:

In Colossians 3:23-24, Paul tells us to do whatever we are doing heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, for our ultimate reward comes from God. Based on this instruction, excellence in every single thing your organization offers must become your standard.

The Biblical principle of “excellence in all things” includes providing business offerings that go above and beyond what your promotions say will happen when someone invests in your offer.

Excellence also shows up when your Work provides results that are above and beyond what purchasers paid for and expect to receive. Your excellence in all things will transform a good business into a Kingdom-Class sustainable business.

(2) Decency and (3) Order:

In 1 Corinthians 14:40 Paul tells the church of Corinth to do all things decently and in order.

Although Paul was talking about spiritual gifts, this instruction to be decent and orderly is also true for what you are called to do in the workplace and marketplace.

Decency shows up in your treatment of everyone who interacts with you or your organization – especially when disciplinary or other corrective actions are the next steps.

Order shows up in the timely delivery of whatever you have promised to deliver – or a timely update when things are off track. Timeliness flows from procedures, processes, and systems (aka “internal controls”).

If your internal controls are crappy, you will not be timely consistently, and your business will be crappy. This is a harsh statement … I know, but it’s very true. (Believe me, I know. I’ve lived through crappy internal controls and I want you to learn from my mistakes.)

Remember this: Decency and Order are non-negotiable Biblical principles for a Kingdom-Class Business.

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EXERCISE YOUR FAITH + FOCUS & FLOW

The combination of decency, order, and excellence are Biblical principles that help good businesses (and even first-class or world-class businesses) evolve into Kingdom-Class Businesses that have the fingerprints of Jesus all over.

  • Excellence in what you offer and how you deliver it attracts new business opportunities through referrals, recommendations, and endorsements.
  • Decency in interacting will people will draw your ideal clients, team members, sponsors and stakeholders to you. The lack thereof may repel them.
  • Timeliness and habits of order (or the lack thereof) builds or tarnishes your reputation for being effective – which can attract or repel your deal business opportunities.

Be intentional about integrating excellence, decency, and order into your workplace and the marketplace and Remarkable Results will flow.

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TC Cooper, Founder of The FaithFocusFlow® Institute for Character and Leadership

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