Once I finish with my degree, my intention is to move up in my accounting profession by becoming an accountant with the company that I am presently working for. Being a Christian in the accounting profession will give me opportunities to let Christ shine through on my interactions with others. Whether I am dealing with clients and guiding them through their taxes, doing financial reports for a company, or interacting with my co-workers I can choose to always do the right thing for the client and for God. Accounting has a lot of grey areas and there are many ways an accountant can make a person’s taxes come out to be more favorable for their client. Some may utilize “creative” accounting by looking for loopholes that would benefit their client or by claiming deductions that their client really did not utilize. While these may seem like looking out for the best interest of your client, there is a fine line between doing what is right and what is wrong. The better way to handle the situation is to educate your clients in ways to save them money on their taxes and what deductions they may benefit from in the future with a little planning. It may not be an immediate fix for them but in the end, they will reap the benefits. Once they see that you have their best interest at heart, they will continue to use your services.
My favorite Bible verse regarding saving money is Proverbs 13:11, “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” By keeping this verse in mind, it helps guide me in making sure that financial decisions make for myself or a clients are honest because the goal of a good accountant are to help your clients become and stay financially secure. If an accountant is dishonest in how they instruct their clients to invest and save their money, they will not remain in business long. In the book Praxis Beyond Theory, it is stated that it is important that we do not place anyone or anything in God’s rightful place of supremacy.1 To me, this includes money. If we put money before God, we are replacing God’s rightful place with money. When interacting with my coworkers I can always make sure that I am honest and trustworthy. No one likes to work with someone they cannot trust. Remembering what the Bible says about honesty helps me make sure that I am always acting in a Christ like manner.
In my everyday interactions with my coworkers I try to keep Psalms 15:1-2 in my mind, “Oh Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.” By keeping this verse in mind, it reminds me that God always wants is to be honest in our dealings with others. When the people you work with see that you will always be honest in your dealings with them and the clients, they will be more willing to trust and work with you. If they have a problem, they know that they can come to you and you will not lead them down an incorrect path. When you are born again, personally, you have a new nature that wants to serve God, but you still have the old nature.2 You still have the temptation to sin but the challenge is to resist those temptations and allow God to shine through your work in a way that lets others see God in you.
This can be done without speaking and evangelizing to others that you come into contact every day, it can be done using your thoughts and actions. I have a Bible verse on a plaque that sits on my desk that I look at throughout the day to help keep me on track. It is Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of god, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Having this verse in sight makes me think about the decisions and actions that I take on a daily basis at work by thinking about the will of God is. Is what I am going to do or say good and acceptable to God? By keeping these verses in my mind and thoughts throughout my day allows me to keep my mind focused on God which reflects in my work and interactions with others.
Etzel, Gabriel, and Ben Gutierrez. 2012. Praxis Beyond Theory. Virginia Beach: Academx Publishing Services, Inc. 1984. New Women’s Devotional Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. Towns, Elmer. 2007. Core Christianity [What is Christianity all about?]. Chattanooga: AMG Publishers.