Where’s the Line Drawn in Your Business?

by Brad Harmon on August 31, 2010 in Entrepreneurs

day vs night 600x360 | marketplace christianityThere are some who claim that, since the sun and moon don’t appear in the creation account until the fourth day (Genesis 1:16-18), the light and darkness referred to on day one must be spiritual in nature.  Most Biblical scholars explain that the fourth day is simply God causing what He’s already created to appear through the firmament.

I guess we’ll have to wait to ask Him face-to-face to know for sure, but certainly the concept of light vs. darkness is a common theme in the Bible or even most of human history.  These cosmic bodies have represented the battle between the true light and the counterfeit, good and bad, holy and unholy, Jesus and Satan, and much more.  It’s interesting that this division began on the very first day.

Given this lasting imagery, it’s easy to see why some read more into Genesis 1:3-4.  If we run with this imagery, what does it mean for us as entrepreneurs?

Do You Feel the SONshine?

The Gospel of John is much more theological in tone than the other Gospels.  Perhaps living so long compared to the other disciples, and being the youngest of them, he had the most time to reflect on the teachings of Christ.  He opens his gospel not with Christ’s birth, but with Creation.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. – John 1:1-5

In a prior post in this Creation series, we talked about shining our lights as Christian business owners and leaders, but there’s another function light serves.  That’s being the energy source for life here on earth.  Think about the tree in the picture above.  It wouldn’t survive very long without the sun as its energy source.

In a spiritual sense, this is what John is telling us.  In Christ is life.  He’s the energy that fuels and sustains us.  As Christian business owners, He should fuel and sustain our businesses too.

Light and Darkness Don’t Mix

When you flip the light switch on, darkness disappears.  The same is true on a spiritual basis.  When we allow the light to shine sin scurries away to find any nooks, crannies, or corners we’ve left unlit.  It’s one of the reasons I don’t believe it’s possible to truly separate our spirituality from our business life.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. – John 8:12

Jesus spoke this right after the well-known “he who is without sin cast the first stone” scene.  He’s speaking of His light as a righteous, perfect form of judgment.  In a later epistle, John re-visits the thought of Christ as light.

5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: – 1 John 1:5-6

As Christian business owners, we are either in the light or in darkness. As we go, our business follows.  Yes, there are times when we try to straddle between the two in vain.  Eventually though, we gravitate towards one side or the other.  It’s too convicting in the light or no longer fun in the darkness when straddling both.

Where Does a Tree Get Its Mass?

Forget the water that makes up most of a tree’s weight.  That’s not the mass I’m talking about.  We read above that it gets its energy from sunlight, but what makes up the tree’s solid matter?  Most people think the soil gives a tree its mass, but think about hydroponics where there is no soil.  It’s mass comes from carbon.

A tree strips this carbon out of the air surrounding it.  This got me thinking how similar we function on a spiritual level.  With whom do you surround yourself?  Who we surround ourselves with is absorbed into the matter that makes up our spiritual tree.  Who we are has a lasting impact on the culture of our business.

Perhaps, this is why Paul told the Corinthians …

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14

Where Do You Draw the Line in Your Business?

So where’s your dividing line?  God separated Day from Night on the first day of Creation (Genesis 1:4).  It’s probably a great time to make your division too – in the beginning.   It’s never too late to make a course correction if you’re already down the road.  If trees can bend themselves towards the light you can too.

Is your business operating in the light?  Can you feel the SONshine on your face?  Or are you still trying to separate the light inside of you as you walk into the darkness of the business world?  Where’s the line you’ve drawn?

Is it at the front door?  Your office door?  Your home door?  Your church’s door?  Where do the rays of SONshine beam in your business?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose June 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

Hi Brad,

This was a stunningly written post which raises some good points about Christianity in the workplace. I’d like to ask on an unrelated topic, where you got the image for the post from? Its a stunning day vs night contrast, and I’m hoping to use it. If you could respond, that would be great!

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Renee Brophy August 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Thank you, Brad, for your article on light. I hope you do not mind – I downloaded your picture – may be able to use it. If not ok, or is ok, please let me know!
God bless you,

Renee B.

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