We have been looking at how the Ten Commandments guard and protect our legitimate motivational needs. When you know, recognize and understand the legitimate motivational needs of others, sanctioned by God, you can then allow God, through you, in your business transactions, to meet some of that need. After all, we are living a vicarious life with Christ in us, reaching out to the world through our words, our heart and our actions.
The third commandment, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain”, goes beyond refraining from profanity. It protects our legitimate need for HONOR. God’s name is to be honored through our words and actions. When you apply God’s name to your agenda, you dishonor God, yet that is what many have done. They have applied God’s name to their vision and, when the vision fell apart, it brought dishonor to the name of God and to them.
God intended us for honor.
He promised in Proverbs that by humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. He wired us with a legitimate need for honor. When you understand this in the business arena, you can begin to ask, “How can I honor this customer in a way that glorifies God and enhances their significance?” When people feel they are significant to you, they are much more likely to give you their willing cooperation.
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