Tables are where people gather, meals are eaten, and business deals are made. These tables tell thousands of stories that span generations and people. They reflect a part of our culture as we sit facing each other to connect and move forward.
When it comes to business, the leadership table is where negotiations happen for contacts to be finalized and the next steps are taken.
These are huge moments because it’s what makes the business sector move forward and create opportunities for those directly involved and for others indirectly impacted.
These spaces are important to God. How we operate as Christian business leaders matter.
“3. They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. 4. Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. 5. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.”Psalms 112:3-5
Notice the promises of God for those that walk with Him in reverence and sincerity.
- He blesses with natural wealth.
- Their good deeds are generational.
- Their light shines in dark places.
- They’re generous and compassionate for others.
- They’re righteous in their lifestyle.
- They conduct business fairly or with integrity.
These blessings speak to leading the leadership table well and with humility. When we’re Christian business leaders it goes beyond the closing of a deal to impacting people for Jesus. It’s about influence and making a difference. When we do that, God will bless the leadership table to be a place of honor, fairness, and success.
The question is, as a Christian business leader, how are you navigating the leadership table?
I encourage you to choose to lead God’s way and think beyond the immediate deal and reach for eternal impact.
So, here are three things we can do at the leadership table.
1st – Have integrity with the opportunity.
We must have the boundaries of integrity be greater than the opportunities of making money. If money drives us, we can eventually bend ourselves for more of it. If we are led with integrity, we will value what’s more important and money follows that.
When at the leadership table we must be honest, clearly understood, and upfront. There’s no hiding information and no side door to get something extra.
This is how we have peace with God and with others. It’s how we live with ourselves and have a clean conscience.
2nd – Let everyone win.
In business, there’s a lot of focus on who wins and who loses. Christian business leaders think bigger and since God gives more than enough, everyone can win. Everyone can benefit from the opportunity.
When we focus on beating someone, it’s easy to get lost in the greater purpose of what we’re doing and why we need to shine for Jesus.
Furthermore, I don’t need to be better than you, I need to be better than me.
When I think of being a Christian business leader, it lifts me to a higher perspective and I’m empowered to rise above the nonsense and help everyone win.
3rd – Be prepared and good at what you do.
Being a Christian business leader allows us to be skilled at what we’re doing, and to have the Lord increase our ability. This is what he did for Daniel when God increased him in knowledge, and he stood out among the rest.
When we are good at what we do, it gives God the chance to open more doors for our business. I believe favor, follows preparation. Meaning, when I cultivate my gifting and knowledge in my craft, God will cause favor to follow that preparation and open doors.
This is why being prepared and skilled is important and when we develop this, God enlarges our capacity.
This is how we are to handle the leadership table.
So as a Christian business leader, let the leadership table be bridge-building, life-giving, and increase to everyone involved.
Let Jesus shine through you and stand out for who are and what you can do. This is what can happen when we choose to do business God’s way.
May God bless you at the leadership table!