Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ethics

Ethics: human moral conduct according to principles of what is good or right to do.

Every few years I’m required to renew my license as a life insurance agent. The state of California requires every agent to take 4-hours of continuing education on the subject of “ethics.” When my renewal rolls around, I sign up for the course believing I already practice ethically. “Why do I have to waste my time and money on this course? O well, it will be easy at least, a piece of cake!” But as I’m reading through the material, I notice areas where I have become lax. These are not serious violations; just little things included in due-diligence I no longer take seriously, but are important. Then I started to think about the new assistant our department is training. Are we setting a good example? When she takes her licensing test, will she compare what she’s learned with our business habits and say she works for ethical and disciplined people? After finishing the course, I kept the notes I highlighted on the areas I found myself lacking. As I practice my profession through this next licensing period, I have committed to improve upon these areas realizing the periodic reminder of how I should be performing effectively resulted in its intended outcome.

As children of God, our central concern should be doing what is good and right. The Bible focuses on all God requires of us including laws governing personal, as well as, community conduct. But if we are lax in studying His word, or at the minimum daily reading of His word, how will we know if our course is true? His divinely inspired Word has been given to us as a manual for living rightly before Him. As we commit to living according to the principle of God, He is faithful to give us all we need to live accordingly (2 Pet 1:3). When we find ourselves falling short, we need not struggle on our own to fix. Instead, we are to confess our sins to Him who is faithful to forgive and heal. Relying wholly upon His Spirit to correct our thinking and actions, we will find ourselves practically living out His principles according to His word.

2 Peter 1:3–4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

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God is so amazing and his works declare Him!

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Undercover Christian

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Like many of you, I work in the business world with business people focused on business goals most the day long. Dealing with such diverse people in a world centered on self preservation and advancement is often a challenge; especially while trying to serve “as unto the Lord!” But it is such a pleasure when I come across a fellow Christian in the corporate trenches!

In the field I work in, it’s easy for a believer to blend in with the non-believers. Professional decorum is a great disguise. After all, it’s not like we Christians wear A-frame signs with the word “Repent!” written on it as our work-day uniform! We don’t carry inordinately large Bibles to every meeting. At first glance, you might not see any obvious differences at all. Even our desks are regular workplaces with most devoid of any tell-tale signs of our belief. We dress in business attire like everyone else.  We perform our duties like everyone else. Yet, while we appear to be the same as everyone else, we are all together different… or at least we should be.

At a lunch meeting the other day, I sat with a group of professionals from another company I frequently do business with.  One of the representatives and I have worked together for some time, but this meeting would be our first outside of the office conference room. We ordered our food, discussed our business, and began to partake of our lunch when I noticed; he paused, bowed his head, and silently prayed before returning to our conversation and meal. While we all continued on without missing a beat, inwardly I was awestruck and admittedly, extremely convicted. How many times had I silently prayed, but was too self-conscience to close my eyes or move my head or sit still too long so as to avoid explanation or draw attention to myself? But this gentleman prayed humbly, with quiet composure, without losing one ounce of credibility as a professional.  I am thoroughly ashamed of myself.

Where ever we work, where ever we serve, whether at home or at school, we should be notably different from the rest of the world. We are, after all, a “peculiar” people, set apart, holy. If we are abiding in Him, the manifestation of His presence in our lives will be effortless, natural and genuine.  People will take notice. Their behaviors around us will change; some for good, and some not so good. But in all, our curious peculiarities we will be a shining reflection of Jesus Christ. May this be our motivation today to work with greater integrity, with steadfast loyalty, and with overflowing joy that we may bring Him honor and glory for His name sake.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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