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Shaking-Hands-BusinessmanNo accounting of this money was required from the construction supervisors, because they were honest and trustworthy men. (2 Kings 12:15, NLT)

Do you trust the people you do business with?

Or, do you check up behind everyone? The mechanic? The contractor? Or, even your business partner?

Sure seems trust in business is rare these days.

Even among Christians.

And yet what better opportunity do you have as a Christian business person to represent Christ’s best than at work?

King Joash decided that the Temple had been in disrepair long enough. He renovated it so God could be worshipped properly again.

In describing the renovation project, the writer tells us a great deal about the kind of workers Joash chose. In an easy-to-overlook verse, he writes, No accounting of this money was required from the construction supervisors, because they were honest and trustworthy men (2 Kings 12:15, NLT).

There were no itemized statements. No purchase-order-matched invoices. No contract negotiations.

The entire project was done on a handshake.

Can people do business with you like that?

Here’s how to be honest and trustworthy and do business God’s way:

Always tell the truth regardless.

Doing business today means that sometimes projects go better and faster than you anticipated. Other times, and perhaps more often than not, something happens you didn’t expect.

Either way, tell the truth. Avoid bragging when it turns out better. Avoid blaming when it goes sideways.

Tell the truth regardless and do business God’s way.

Always treat others the way you want to be treated regardless.

You, me, and all of us have clients that we love to work with. They listen and follow. They do what they say they’re going to do.

And we have clients we can’t get rid of fast enough. They demand more and more. They delay getting you what you need and then it’s your fault the project slows down.

Thank the ones you love. Ask for referrals.

Thank the ones you don’t love. Give them a break as they’re human, too. Sure, put a border guard up around that relationship going forward. Yet, treat them the way you want someone to treat you when you’re not at your best.

Treat others the way you want to be treated regardless.

Always trust God with the outcomes regardless.

When you trust God with the outcomes of a project whether it’s renovating the Temple or negotiating a contract, the results are better.

Most often you break your promises of trust when you stress over the outcomes. When you fear that the results must be manipulated. When your anxiety overwhelms your faith.

The more you trust God with the outcomes, the more trustworthy you are to your clients. By trusting God, you gain a confidence that regardless of how the unexpected intrudes, the outcomes are in God’s hands.

Such confidence in God is attractive, making you trustworthy in all of your work relationships.

Always trust God with the outcomes regardless.

Be honest and trustworthy in your work. Do business God’s way and increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.

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