This is the second in a series of five posts that look at reasons to run your business according to your Christian faith. In the last post, we looked at how the Great Commission is a great opportunity for us to make disciples through our businesses.
The Greatest Commandment(s)
Now we are going to look at what is often called the Greatest Commandment, and how it should affect the way we run our business.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands. – Matthew 22:37-40
All of Our Heart…
We are commanded to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The key word here is ALL. We cannot obey this command by loving Him with most of our heart or mind. We cannot obey by loving him on Sundays, but not on Mondays. Nor can we be obedient by loving him at church and home, but not at work.
Read it again…do you see any way to obey this commandment other than loving Him ALL of the time, with ALL of ourselves, in ALL areas of our lives?
What About Work?
How can we do this if we are spending 30, 40, or even 50 percent of our week focused only on work? There is absolutely nothing wrong with work. We are designed for it.
But for us to work for purposes other than acting out our love for God as commanded above – this goes against God’s word! We must find a way to live out these two commandments through our work.
Let’s look at one more verse that is closely related to the idea we are discussing.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. – Colossians 3:17
I submit that our work is included in “whatever you do”. If this is true, then I only see one decision confronting each of us – Will I align my life, which includes my work, with this Scripture? Regardless of where this path will lead, am I willing to commit to it?
Where are you in this decision process?
Have you prayed for God to guide you in this decision?
What are you hearing?