<<commerce, industry>>

God expects all people to work and be occupied in constructive service. This was His instruction both before and after the fall (Gen 1:28, 3:17-19; Eph 4:28; 1 Thes 4:11). This is for the good of society and our own self-esteem whether it is paid or in a voluntary capacity, in the community, church setting or around the home. As we make a worthwhile

Do I approach life in a business-like fashion?

contribution, we increase in skills applying ourselves to the challenges presented besides developing in character and the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22,23). Integrity in every business transaction is of utmost importance as consistent and honest transactions are pleasing to Him, while dishonest or inaccurate dealings are not (Prov 11:1). It is a serious offense to bend the rules to our advantage (Deut 19:14, 27:17).

The Bible makes it clear not to form binding alliances with non-Christians, either in marriage or business as Bible principles may be compromised because of differing values and goals (2 Cor 6:14).

Employees are to be faithful servants and carry out their bosses wishes, not just when he is watching; this is on-the-job training preparing for future ministry as you “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men” (Mt 25:14-30; Lk 16:10-12; Rom 12:11; Eph 6:5-8).

A reasonable profit margin needs to be included above expenses to ensure the viability of commercial undertakings. Being businesslike is to be diligent, planning, having a system and giving value for money through making wise decisions that may involve calculated risks (Prov 10:5, 20:4; Eccl 11:4).

Conversely, we are not to meddle in what is not our business or concern (1 Tim 5:13; 1 Pet 4:15).

See also: diligent, employment, fairness, integrity, opportunity, partnership, profit, work.