I have been thinking more recently about how to live our lives with an eternal perspective. When dealing with your spouse or kids, speaking and acting the way God wants you to can make a big difference.
How do you deal with the clerks waiting on you at the grocery store? Do you get angry or irritated, or do you treat them with respect? Keeping eternity in mind as you go about your day can mean the difference between losing your cool and making everyone miserable or acting in a manner God intended and promoting peace.
It’s the same with conducting your business. If you run your own business, how do you handle employees or clients? Do they have to do things your way or else? Do they feel degraded or disrespected? If you are doing business God’s way, that shouldn’t happen. No, you don’t become a doormat, but you can act with integrity and graciousness.
Do you set your prices at a fair amount, or try to get the most you possibly can? We all need to make a living, but be affordable, and if you feel God may want you to give something away at times, don’t resist. I have come to the conclusion that God doesn’t value money in the same way we do. Yes, He wants us to be good stewards of what we have and not waste money, but He can also use it to find out what our heart attitudes are. Are you going to be “stingy” and hang onto what you have with a tight grip, or are you willing to share, not only your money, but your time and talents when He prompts you to?
I believe that conducting your business with an eternal perspective will make you a much better businessman or woman. You will be pleasant to work with and honest in your dealings. You will offer your customers the best product or service you can at the best price you can. At the end of the day, you will feel good about how you handled the business and people God brought your way, and you will be thankful for what you have.
Lastly, I am reminded of what it says in Colossians 3:23: “And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men.” Run your business for God and you will end up with some very satisfied and happy customers!