What are the most important Christian values in business?
The question of business values and the issue of culture is a perennial one and one which we need to return to on a regular basis. Its critical both to our Christian walk and to the overall ethical grounding of our businesses.
One short term way to think about this is living like Christ lived. Christ lived a life of love, kindness, compassion, honesty, service, sacrifice, and forgiveness. Those 7 values form the basis of what a Christian leadership ethic strives for in terms of in terms of its passion, heart, and core values.
Another way to think about this would be to live out the principles of the Fruits of the Spirit. We find the Fruits of the Sprit in Galatians:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
So Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.
If you want to narrow this a bit for reasons of focus those values are: Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.
The important thing is that you grow over time. That you live those values out, but seek to live them out more and more as you grow in Christ and grow in the Spirit of Christ.
Another way to think about it is the Golden Rule. I think the Golden rule is incredibly helpful when thinking about the relationships you have with those key people in your life:
- Family members (particularly in terms of being present and work-life balance)
How does that impact your day to day practices? How does that impact your daily habits? How does that impact your relationships? How does that impact your interactions with all of the above?
This article may also help, its 10 principles for running a Business As Missions business.
I previously wrote about the topic of Christian business principles here.
Thank you for reading!! And have a blessed day!!