Biblical Decision Making Models For Business – Seeking God’s Will

Seeking God’s Will  – Developing A Process  For Making Biblically-Based Business Decisions.

One might think that it is not highly possible to  develop a structured biblically-based process to make major  decisions in business. Many Christians would take the stance  that you “cannot put these kinds of things in a box- that each  time it will be different.”

That is true at times- but God has given us a number of tools at our disposal when it comes to making key decisions both  in business and in life.  Let’s start off by seeking God’s will.  It is not  always so easy to know the answer to “WWJD?”

It would seem logical that we as Christian business leaders  should make decisions the same way that any Christian  should make any of life’s decisions: seek God’s will and  then “just do it.” After all, God is sovereign. God reveals  His will to us, and all we have to do is to follow Him in  humility. Therefore, arguably, “What is God’s will?” is  the only question we need to ask when making decisions.  Sounds simple enough, right? It would be except for a few  major complications.

First, sometimes, though our spirit is willing, our ears  are weak. We think we hear God and know His will in a  given situation, and we act on this confidence. But quite  often what we are really hearing is not God at all. Rather,  it is our own selfish desires and wishes that are shaped by  years of our own personal experience, secular management  training, bad habits, and blending in with the world’s  business and corporate culture. Because we’re so sure that  we are godly people doing God’s will, we don’t critically  analyze the process by which we reach decisions – a  misstep that culminates in decision-making that largely is  independent of God’s counsel. Ironically, this haphazard  approach to “hearing” God ultimately renders us deaf. Our  overconfidence leads us to oversight.

Second, sometimes, yes our spirit is willing, but our  hearts have become hardened. That is, there are times  when we are truly in touch with God’s will, but we simply  choose not to obey Him when He speaks to us. This is what  might be called “the knowing-doing gap.” In the Garden of  Eden it was simply called “pride,” and it is something we  must all battle daily. This too culminates in decision-making  devoid of divine direction. This quite often is a result of  our living “in fear” of truly being obedient to the Lord  in a given situation. For example, you are in the midst of  negotiating a big deal with a prospective client, when during  the conversation, your customer shares some personal  challenge they are struggling with in their life. Rather than  inquiring about it, or seeing if there is some way you can  “minister” to them (i.e. often to pray for them, etc.), you  simply glaze over the statement as if it were never made because  you don’t want to risk “offending” them by taking  the chance of instigating a spiritual conversation. In other  words, you don’t want to address the condition of their soul  at the potential risk of losing their business.  Because we are finite human beings with  a VERY limited perspective, most of the time we simply are  incapable of knowing what God is truly up to. More often  than not, we only see how a given situation or decision  impacts us (remember we are selfish) but we don’t have a  clue of just how God is looking at things from an OVERALL  perspective- he is taking everything into account at all times.  He sees how a decision we make not only impacts us, but all  those around us, and all those around those people, etc. So to  think that we can ever truly know God’s COMPLETE will,  is not going to happen- at least not until we see Him face to  face remember The Bema!

In our next article we will look at 4 tools we can use to determine God’s will.

 

Ray Hilbert

Ray is the Co-Founder of Truth At Work. Prior to this role, he served as CEO until January 2016. In his role of Co-Founder, Ray is responsible for building high level strategic relationships on behalf of Truth At Work, facilitates several Round Table Groups, helps establish new markets, develops new curriculum, as well as serving as host of Truth At Work’s “Bottom Line Faith” podcast series. Additionally, Ray is in the process of writing two new books that will be released in the coming months.

Ray is also a highly sought after speaker at churches and retreats across America, where for years he has challenged followers of Christ to integrate their faith in and through the marketplace on a daily basis.He is also part of the speaking faculty for Orlando, Florida based “Man In the Mirror” ministry where he conducts seminars and retreats across the country.

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Ray is the Co-Founder of Truth At Work. Prior to this role, he served as CEO until January 2016. In his role of Co-Founder, Ray is responsible for building high level strategic relationships on behalf of Truth At Work, facilitates several Round Table Groups, helps establish new markets, develops new curriculum, as well as serving as host of Truth At Work’s “Bottom Line Faith” podcast series. Additionally, Ray is in the process of writing two new books that will be released in the coming months. Ray is also a highly sought after speaker at churches and retreats across America, where for years he has challenged followers of Christ to integrate their faith in and through the marketplace on a daily basis. He is also part of the speaking faculty for Orlando, Florida based “Man In the Mirror” ministry where he conducts seminars and retreats across the country.

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