Apply the Bible to my Job

I see a lot of resources that explain Biblical principles that apply to business. I also hear a lot of examples of other people who have applied those principles and how they worked out.  The assumption is, that if I have the principle and the story, I can apply the Bible to my job.

But it doesn’t work that way.

For starters, how do I know where their situation differs from mine? How do I apply that principle to my specific situation?

The stories of how other people did it can be helpful. But usually, those stories are pretty dramatic, like some big setback or challenge to their faith. God took them through this intense experience, which taught them this great truth.

Cool.  And what am I supposed to do with that?

Yes, it can help my faith in an intense situation, but what about the stress or hum-drum of every day? There are so many variables that the same principle might look completely different in my life.

Which brings me back to my question.

How do I apply the Bible to my job?

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. It’s a big part of my story, and God has led me through a lot of things in trying to answer it. But right now I want to skip to the good stuff.

We need a simple framework that helps us see where God is working in every situation and helps me see where I can line up with that.

The answers are going to be different almost every time. But if I ask the right questions, I have a better shot at getting to the right answer in that situation.

A Simple Framework

This framework is made up of the following questions:

  1. When do I want to be noticed?
  2. Where do I want to be included?
  3. Who is creating conflict?
  4. What am I trying to avoid?

How do I know these are the right questions? That’s a long story I’m eager to to tell you, but the best thing you can do is try them.

Pick one of these questions and answer it. Then go to your Bible and read whatever you would have read today. See if asking that question makes something stand out to you in what you read.

Here are a couple of hints:

  • Go with the first answer that comes to mind.
  • Being noticed, included, conflict, and avoiding are all things that God wants for us when we follow him. They are not good and bad in themselves.

Click here to download a  Business Bible Study Framework PDF.

Check back to see how this is going for others, or click here to ask me a question or make a comment.