“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.” – 2 Corinthians 13:5-6
It is absolutely imperative that we trust others in this life.
This extends not only to our daily lives, but especially in our work.
Paul, in writing to the Corinthians, is requesting that they trust what he is saying based upon his history.
In this, Paul is making a direct correlation between trust and someone’s past. Paul is saying, “look at what I’ve done, based upon this, you should heed what I say.”
This has multiple lessons for those in the business world.
First, your actions speak louder than words.
When you look at your past, do you see a lot of empty promises? Or, like Paul, do you see a life dedicated not only to Christ, but also to others? If you do not show that you are trustworthy, you certainly will not be trusted.
So, rather than talking about things, simply do them.
When you agree to a deal, you do the deal whether it helps you in the end or not.
When you tell someone you’re going to meet them at a certain time, be there on time! One of the most prevailing principles among successful people I have been around is the fact that they show up on time, every time.
Second, be careful placing trust in those you do not know.
We are supposed to have faith in others and show love towards all. However, we must also be wise and discerning of those out for just their own good.
This goes back to the idea that is so propped up in marriage, however forgotten about in business.
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14
You cannot trust the man who is not a believer, for you disagree on foundational concepts.
So, be careful who you do business with, and if they aren’t a Christian, it may be something you need to pray hard on in deciding what to do.
Yours in Ambition,