Let Jesus lead in business, too

Q. I run a small business with about a dozen employees. I want to run my business according to Christian principles but I'm not sure exactly what that means.

I wish more Christians in business shared your concern. When Jesus Christ comes into our lives he wants to influence everything we do – including our jobs or business.

Certainly one principle the Bible gives us is to do everything with honesty and integrity, both in our business and in our personal lives. Don't cheat or take shortcuts in your business; keep your promises; be truthful in all you do. Not only will it help your business in the long run, but it will bring honor to Christ.

In addition, treat your employees the same way you would want to be treated. If we are employers or supervisors, we are to do what is right and fair to those who work under us.

Finally, be on guard against letting money or success take the place of God. Greed is very dangerous, and it easily creeps in if we don't guard against it.