Recently a gentlemen in Europe sent me the following request through my website contact page.
He had just made a very tough business decision and asked my perspective on his decision.
Here is his decision and my response.
“I received an enquiry from a tobacco company to work with their emerging leaders but I turned it down as it violates my values to work with a tobacco company. My question to you today is should a Christian work with any tobacco or alcohol companies? I know that this all boils down to personal values but I’d love to hear your views on this.”
“Simple put – the BEST response to your question is to …. #BeLed by Holy Spirit.
This is NOT an “avoid giving an answer” answer, but it is the BEST way to approach ANY decision, be it a tough one like yours or even an easy one like, “What should I wear today?”
As simplistic as it sounds, Holy Spirit does know everything about everything – past, present, and future. He will ALWAYS put you in the right place at the right time and will NEVER put you in the path of the enemy.
So it really does boil down to this – dig deep into your communion time with the Lord and ask for His direction.
Sometimes the answer is in a still, small voice – sometimes in an immediate and loud “NO” in your spirit.
As I write in Our Unfair Advantage, it really is a matter of making the “Big Switch” from being head-led, idea-led, money-led, opportunity-led, and more to always and only being Spirit-led.
It seems to me you did exactly that. Therefore, if your decision was indeed based upon what Holy Spirit was telling you to do, give glory to God.
If not, then learn from this decision and NEXT TIME, take it all to the Lord and do not be moved by what others say.”
Simple Yet Tough
To some this (relying on Holy Spirit) sounds simple, yet the truth is that it’s very tough.
- It goes against conventional business wisdom.
- It goes against our flesh and natural response to business.
- It appears to make us look weak, indecisive, even “stupid” in other people’s eyes.
Yet none of these things need move us (Acts 20:24).
Stand firm. Wait on the Lord. He will answer.