What you can do to succeed personally and professionally

Think: What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD) and What Does the Bible Say?

  1. Strive daily to glorify God through your business
    or your area of responsibility. I Corinthians 10:31;
    I Chronicles 16:28
  2. Obey God’s Word in all things. Joshua 1:7–8; Deuteronomy 29:9
  3. Be ambitious to serve others. Mark 9:33–35;
    Mark 10:42–45
  4. Exemplify a person of integrity: Maintain good character; live above reproach. Proverbs 11:3–5
  5. Work hard: Labor willingly and diligently.
    Colossians 3:23–25
  6. Determine to walk humbly before all, especially before the Lord. James 4:10; Micah 6:8
  7. Do not think too highly of yourself, nor too lowly. Romans 12:3
  8. Develop outstanding people skills: Learn to
    be gracious in all your various interactions.
    Colossians 3:8–9, 12–14
  9. Build healthy relationships with helpful individuals, companies, and associations. Ecclesiastes 4:9–12
  10. Overcome a cynical attitude by focusing on the positive. Philippians 4:8–9

Principle 1: Strive daily to glorify God through
your business or your area of responsibility.

I Corinthians 10:31; I Chronicles 16:28

“Will it glorify God?” You should always ask yourself this question before making decisions.

As Scripture so plainly teaches, everything you do should bring glory to God. Your commitment to glorify God should extend to the way you operate your business, or the way you conduct yourself in your leadership position.

In every deal, every contract, every human resources decision, every policy, every response to customers or employees or suppliers – from the largest matters to the smallest – your first concern should be ensuring that your actions and decisions bring glory to the Lord. God is glorified through your business when you:

  • Conduct business the way He would, in a way
    that pleases Him.
  • Obey His commands in everything you do and
    in all your business dealings.
  • Commit to conducting yourself – your attitude, words, interactions – in ways that honor Him.
  • Value other individuals, treating each one fairly
    and respectfully.
  • Use your business or position to advance the
    cause of morality and righteousness on earth.
  • Acknowledge Him as the true owner of your business or management position and view
    yourself as a steward over it.
  • Seek His help and depend fully on Him for everything you need.
  • Give Him the honor and credit for everything
    you accomplish, every success you attain, for
    it is God who has given you your life and abilities.

Seek to glorify God in all things!

Reference: Some notes sourced from What the Bible Says to the Business Leader: The Business Leader’s Personal Handbook – Leadership Ministries Worldwide.

Author: Greg Joyner

Greg was born and raised in the “Tar Heel” State of North Carolina. He enjoyed a successful career with two different corporations in sales, training and market development. In 1991, their family moved to the Philadelphia area and settled in Collegeville. After many years of serving faithfully at Valley Forge Baptist and with much prayer, Greg responded to God’s call to serve Him in full-time vocational ministry. Greg joined the staff of Valley Forge Baptist and was ordained to the ministry in 2003. He received his Biblical studies from Trinity College and Theological Seminary in Pastoral studies with emphasis in Evangelism and Biblical Counseling. Greg loves ministry and currently serves with Missions, Business Leaders and Young Families which includes weekly Bible studies, banquets, retreats, and conferences. Greg and Peggy have been married 36 years and have three children and one grandson.