The Christian Business Reference Architecture (CBRA) is simply a graphical representation that illustrates the elements needed for an individual to run his or her business God’s way. As with everything else in Christianity, running a business God’s way means that you will first need to focus on your person and ensure that you’re walking closely with the Lord. At the root of the CBRA is the core principle that who you are as an individual will determine more your success in running your business than the tactics and method you employ on a day-to-day basis.
In this first part that is focusing on who you are, it is really all about relationships. Your success as a business owner and as a person and life depends on your ability to engage in relationships that are mutually beneficial and that contribute to the building up of others, your church, your community, your family, and yourself. God created us to live in relationship with himself first and with others secondarily.
This is why the Christian business reference architecture starts with your relationship with Jesus Christ. It will be nearly impossible for you to have proper relationships in your life without first having a good relationship with the one who created you. Walking with God – having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – is the absolute foundation for running your business God’s way.
When you consider the four purposes of business – products, passions, profits and philanthropy – you’ll find that only within a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will these purposes be lived out in balance.
It is possible to run a profitable business and to give large sums of money away without knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Many have done this. But I would submit that those who run businesses and who do not know Jesus as their Savior and Lord usually elevate one or more of these purposes to the detriment of the others.
So let’s turn our attention to going through each of these elements in the first part of the Christian business reference architecture. In time, we’ll focus on the four purposes of business, but for now, I first want to focus on who you are and the kind of life you are living.