Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reasons

Oftentimes, when teaching about following God, be it in business or in our personal lives, teachers will discuss the practical and/or material benefits of doing things in a Godly manner. I have been guilty of it myself; often extolling the virtues of chaplaincy in terms of employee retention, improved morale, and less missed work.

The fact is that every business that follows Biblical business practices will not necessarily be a success in the eyes of the world. They may not even be successful in the eyes of other business professionals. During the economic downturn, several businesses that had great ethics and morals and took excellent care of their employees went out of business.

Does that mean that we shouldn’t do the right thing? Does that mean that we should forget about taking care of people? I don’t think so. Hopefully, you are doing the right thing because it is the right thing. Hopefully, you are honoring God because He deserves to be honored; not because you are trying to manipulate His blessing. Hopefully, you are honoring employees because they are made in the image of God and He believes they are worth the price of the blood of His Son.

We need to ask ourselves, “Is it all about me and my business, or is it all about Jesus?” “Am I doing the right thing because I am looking for a worldly profit, or because it is my desire to follow after God?”

Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Job 13:15

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17 ESV