5 Reasons Why I Will Not be Shaken
Due to a high stakes mix of people and money, the workplace is full of drama, turmoil, and controversy. We’ve all got mouths to feed, and the stakes only get higher when there are more at home than just ourselves to keep healthy and happy. The often corruptible and competitive environment of the marketplace will be unavoidable as long as the devil labors to see the mix of people and money be an ugly one. But the Lord works all things for good, and light shines the brightest among darkness.
As Christian business professionals, that darkness is our opportunity. Every day you go to work with people who do not know the peace and hope found in Christ. You deal with interpersonal drama, seemingly insurmountable adversity, and marketplace challenges that test your faith, knowledge, and ability to create value for your employer or customers. While other people break down around you, you can stand strong in your faith as a Christian business professional. Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
This is a tremendously powerful verse you can live by as a Christian business professional. When your colleagues are shaken under the stress of adversity, you can stand strong in the Lord. And when you personally experience doubt in your career, still stand strong in the Lord. The following is a list of reminders that you are indeed strong in the Lord, truths that have encouraged me and allowed me to truly be a bright light among darkness in the workplace.
1. God is in control.
John 16:33 says “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Despite the challenges seemingly piling up all around you, God is still in control. His word promises that He has overcome the world, and that He has plans for us to grow and prosper (Jeremiah 29:11). By believing that God is in control, you will have the faith to see through His order among chaos.
2. God will provide for my needs no matter what.
1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” In fact God loves you so much that in Isaiah 41:10 we find another promise to stand on: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
3. I’m anointed for business, and I will succeed in whatever I do as long as I do it for the Lord.
As you will read throughout this Christian business blog, you are called to the marketplace for a reason. You are truly a light among darkness where you are, but the devil wants to put that light out. So never forget that you were made for this. Deuteronomy 28 promises blessing for obedience, declaring that if you faithfully love and obey the Lord, He will bless whatever you put your hands to.
4. I’m not living for me.
This is a hard one to remember. But if you have the faith to believe it, this truth will change the way you live your life and interact with others. If someone attacks me personally, I don’t really care, because my goal is not to glorify myself or make myself look better. They have done me no harm as they are not tearing down anything that I was interested in building up to begin with. This Christ-like attitude sets you free from the unnecessary discouragement of negativity from others.
5. My identity is not rooted in my job.
1 John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” The Bible is very clear that our identity is rooted in Christ; that we are children of God. Our identity is not rooted in our job, meaning if we lose it, nothing about who we are changes. Whether you have your job or not, you are still a child or God!
This is especially difficult for entrepreneurs. American culture glorifies the entrepreneur and some even pursue the field because it represents a lifestyle – an identity. I like being an entrepreneur. But it is not who I am. So if I bill myself as an entrepreneur, and then fail, nothing about who I am changes. People can take away your job, but they can never take away your identity – because that was given to you by God.
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