“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 NIV)

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I’ve been in the construction industry for most of my life. I’ve been involved in times of “boom” and in times of “scarcity”. No matter what is going on with the economy, the contracting business never changes. The competition adjusts to the market but the attitudes (of those attempting to win the contracts) remain the same – lie, cheat, and steal – do whatever it takes to get the job! This attitude is completely opposite from what Jesus taught in Matthew 7:12.

People in sales, marketing, financial management, the food service industry, etc., etc. know exactly what I’m talking about. Businesses are set up to make a profit. In order to make a profit, they must compete with other businesses. In order to compete, they need to develop strategies to get their part of the market. In many cases they, too, feel as if they must lie, cheat, and steal to survive. Is that really the way Christ wants us to witness for Him in the workplace?

Of course there are businesses that attempt to live by the Golden Rule, but they are few and far between. As leaders in the business world it is up to us to “demand” stronger moral values in our places of employment. But, as a caution, we need to walk a fine line so we don’t come off as “holier than thou”, and destroy Christ’s name in the workplace. When we are asked to lie, or cheat, or do “whatever it takes” to get the sale, we need to stand up for Christ and offer moral solutions for securing the sale or obtaining the big contract. We need to sell our strengths, our honesty, our faith, and our love for one another; we should never sell our soul just to make the sale or to keep our boss happy.

Remember, as Christians we work for Christ, not for man. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Colossians 3:23, NIV)

If we place our focus on Christ and model our behavior after His, we will have no trouble “doing to others what we would have them do to us.” That’s simply the nature of Christ. It should be our nature also!

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Enjoy your Monday, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. According to my Coffee Scale of 1-5 cups and five being the best….This one rates up to a 4.6 cup with one of your smoothies at mid morning break!!! Take Care my Friend, I hope all is well, and may God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  2. How true, I am in sales but at the lower end of sales, I will not tell you, you need all this to fix your problem, when all you need is this. But I will give you choice.


  3. George Hayward Says:

    The capitalist system, built upon profit and competition, is certainly a tricky place for a Christian to maneuver! I like your thoughts, it’s definitely up to leaders to set a Christ-like example. However, I have a feeling that in many cases, moral practices will not be as profit-producing (paying workers real wages instead of $5/week overseas), which may drive those leaders out of business. We need God to step in! Perhaps some government intervention wouldn’t be too bad, either..


  4. Jim Says:

    Once again Dave you lift my spirit. The commerical construction world is what I consider to be a “toxic” environment these days, with no signs of changing anytime soon. But these words you’ve shared today have helped me forget about that environment, if only for a brief time.

    Keep feeding us hope!


  5. Dave Boller Says:

    Thank you, Jim! I hope everything is going well with you. Any luck with those home builders? Keep the faith! Enjoy your week. 🙂


  6. Lyn Says:

    I agree with what George said about the capitalist system being a a tricky place for a Christian to maneuver. I remember my Uncle telling me about being called into the finance manager’s office after lodging his 3-monthly expense account — he’d just started working as a sales rep for a mufti-national company at the time. His expense account was being called into question not because it was too BIG, but because it was too SMALL — about 1/3 of what all the other reps put on their expense accounts. Apparently it would cause questions to be asked by head office. He refused to change it, which made him very unpopular with all the other reps. He looked for and found a better paying job within a month, which proves it pays to “obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”


    • Dave Boller Says:

      That’s probably one of the biggest areas of indiscretion – expense accounts! It’s way too easy to cheat. We may think we got away with it, but God knows what we are doing. Ultimately we will answer to Him! Thanks for your comment! 🙂


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