Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Good For Business: Devotions From A Time Of Grace”. It is only 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.”
Just as some people believe there should be a separation of church and state, others believe that church and business are equally incompatible. I would like to take the contrarian view. I think our Christian faith is good for business. I think Christians make the best bosses, Christians make the best workers, and Christian values make the best company philosophy.
One reason: because we know that the devil is a liar and the father of lies. God wants us to tell the truth at home, at school, and at work: “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies” (Psalm 34:13). Lying to the IRS or SEC or OSHA will catch up with you eventually. Your company’s brand is a priceless asset–it represents the promises that you say you will keep.
Salespeople will build better relationships with customers when they won’t lie about their products and services to make a quick sale. Telling the truth consistently will build a reputation that people come to trust. There’s an old sales slogan that it is better to have one customer one hundred times than one hundred customers once. I think God would agree.
Executives need their reports to tell them the truth about how the business is really doing, not hide inconvenient bad news. Shareholders depend on financial information that is accurate, not doctored. Companies that don’t punish whistle-blowers will be healthier than those where employees are afraid of reprisals if they speak up.
I agree with the devotional that someone who follows the Christian values and morals of the Bible makes the best boss and employee. Someone who is honest and works hard is the model employee of any business. A boss who is honest and caring is what every employee dreams about. We all want a fair boss and all bosses want dependable employees. In fact, when I buy a car, the one thing I look for is whether the car salesman is lying to me or not. I won’t purchase a vehicle from someone who manipulates and lies. A car salesman who tells me what he/she knows and is manipulative always gets my purchase. That is quite rare and is only one example of a model employee.