God’s Way is the Right Way, the Best Way

We should all agree with the title of this module! Most of us, as Christians take this statement as true without question. We believe it to be true, and yet do we always trust in its application in our lives?

The principle of “God’s Way is the Right and Best Way” is especially true in our communications.

First, let us look at Proverbs 16:3, which tells us, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Webster’s Dictionary gives several different meanings for the word commit, but here are a few definitions that apply:

• ‘Put in the hands of’ [God],
• ‘Depend upon’ [God],
• ‘Invest with power’, [in God].” The best definition!

We generally accept that pursuing God’s way spiritually and morally is an absolute we must all strive for, but it is often overlooked how God’s way also represents the best practical methodology. This can be a difficult lesson to absorb, but it is a basic tenent in improving your communication skills. Let us take, for example, the last half of the Ten Commandments. My older generation remember Charlton Heston bringing the stone tablets down the mountain!

Exodus 20:13-17
13 ‘You shall not murder’.
14 ’You shall not commit adultery.’
15 ’You shall not steal.’
16 ’You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 ’You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Following these 5 commandments even for non-believers who aspire to be a good or productive individual without religious beliefs would do well to follow these rules, and many do. It is very important to understand that it does not matter who you are or what you believe doing things God’s way is the best practical way of doing anything.

For us Christians if we commit to the Lord in whatever we do, then we must want to use God’s prescribed methodology, that is, His practical application, found in God’s word. Fortunately, when it comes to communication, the Bible is full of directions, instructions, and examples.

One spiritual and practical example of this concerns the concept of forgiveness. We are instructed as Christians to forgive others when they harm us.

Matthew 18-21-22
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”22. Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Not only does God give us these instructions to help restore relationships, but He knows that if we have forgiving hearts that we will not have thoughts of revenge, frustration, and bitterness permeate our hearts and minds like so many people do. God wants us to forgive others so we can be focused on our relationship with Him, our families, and work, while not being distracted from God’s plan for us. Forgiveness is, therefore, the best spiritual and practical way to respond to someone who wronged you.

Paul writes another example in Ephesians 4:31-32
 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

1st Corinthians 2:4-5
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5. so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

We are not to put our faith in men’s wisdom but in God’s wisdom and power. We have all strayed from God’s direction. When we enter the world of humanity, we enter an imperfect world. Interacting in our world today at our jobs, daily routines, and activities with the commitment to follow God’s principles is a very difficult assignment. This is especially true if you work with non-Christians, or specifically with those people whose life is not similar to ours. But again we have a responsibility to be obedient to God regardless of the behavior of others. If asked openly, most people would disagree with “the ends justifies the means” mentality. However, in terms of actions, most secular business people are driven to this thinking because of factors such as their company’s culture, their personal desire to achieve, the fear of failure or losing their job. It is our responsibility, with the help of God through the intercession of the Holy Spirit, not to fall into this trap. As a member of management, I worked for three different secular companies. In all cases, these businesses professed to be a “people first” company, but when push came to shove it was the pursuit of the dollar, power, political correctness etc. that guided their decisions. This is the norm for our society today. However, following God’s example is your choice, not a corporate choice. It is up to you to follow God’s example, and not the example of your employer, your friends, or your family.

Jesus says in Luke 6:46-49
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47. I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

As you read your Bible and reflect on its verses, remember God’s practical directions are not only to help provide us a way to live spiritually but a specific way to become more effective, productive, and successful in the real world. Believing and understanding this principle is a key to your success.

We as Christians have God on our side, the most powerful being in the universe is watching and caring for us. Thus, we not only have a great map for our everyday lives, but we have a God that loves us and cares for us, and provides His spirit so we can be a light to the secular world in which we live.

Let’s follow what Paul says in Colossians 3:17: 
Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.