The business industry is part of the secular world. People work and make deals as if God is not in control, but they attend church and invite Him in their personal lives when convenient. If the church teaches its congregation that God is in business, schools, and everywhere and how He controls everything, then people may invite Him. However, the world wants to separate God from everything but their spiritual life.
Work was a gift given to Adam before a woman was gifted to him. God already knew that serving the land was essential to survival, but serving God is more important. This story begins in Genesis 2:15, New International Version (NIV), “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” God provides warnings throughout the Bible to avoid because of the fruit that comes with the duty to work. The secular world interferes with the value of work.
Job 31:13-14 (NIV), “If I have denied justice to any of my servants, whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me, what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?”. This verse speaks of relationships that work produces. It reminds everyone not to take advantage of the connections that God has provided. God’s people are encouraged to nurture and respect relationships.
Psalm 112:5 (NIV), “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” God speaks of being generous and giving and to act honorably because temptations of greed and unfairness in the world will arise. His people are called to treat others as God does. God is more giving than any person can be.
1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV), “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs”. Money is not evil, but the love of it produces evil. The primary reason people get a job is to survive. Working goes beyond the desire for money. The desire to work should include relationship building, leadership skills, serving others and God, and to be a good steward by giving back to communities. The secular world does not focus on these God-given desires and continue to work and become miserable by chasing money.
Colossians 3:23 (NIV), “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” At times work feels like a chore rather than a God-given task. God designed work as a way for people to serve Him. Focusing on the wrong reasons why work is necessary is a secular view that can consume the mind and heart, which will distract people from God and His gifts. Work is servanthood for people to declare their respect and love for God and others.
These acts that the Bible instructs people to do can easily get lost in the secular world. Business is about becoming a servant for others and the world to be a better place. The secular world tends to distract people from the fact that God created work as a gift to all. Following the instructions God gives to all in His love letters will help navigate the world in a Christian worldview. Belhaven University teaches how to navigate a business while maintaining a Christian worldview.