Authority.

“The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.” (Psalm 115:16)

I do have a soft spot for environmentalists. They tend to have a different worldview, and often a different political agenda, but we do have one view in common. We do not own the earth, but are just stewards of it. Avoiding damage, correcting wrongs and increasing awareness of issues, all are positive; as we have a duty of care for God’s creation.

The earth is a gift, and a somewhat fragile one at that. Why not shed our differences and make sure we pass on this incredible gift to our children in better shape than it is right now?

Those who want to protect God’s creation, even if they don’t call it that, are doing a good thing and should be encouraged. It is the politicization of the agenda and the often radically liberal views that have hijacked a worthy endeavor.

What can you do in your business to help protect and sustain God’s creation?

Quick Prayer. “Help me to be aware of the need to steward the planet well.” Amen

Respect

“All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.” (1 Tim 6:1)

We are called to respect and serve those in authority; I think we are all aware of that responsibility that is inherent in our roles. However, we usually associate the eventual fruit of more authority, promotion, and blessing as the reason why we are asked to act in this way.

While these outcomes often accompany such an approach to work, they are not the primary reason. The key reason is reputation, and not only ours but also God’s.

If our witness and words are to be taken seriously, we need to demonstrate a changed life full of reverence and purity and a willingness to serve. These traits are in contrast to the prevailing behaviors of our day. We do not want to bring our witness, words, or God into disrepute.

Quick Prayer: I will honor those in authority over me, Lord. Amen.

Reward Hard Work.

“The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.” (2 Tim 2:6)

Are you in a position of authority? Has God given you the honor of leadership? We all have areas of our work where we are given a position of responsibility or where we rely on or influence others. It is very rare that an individual is completely self-reliant for an outcome.

Whether we are in a direct leadership role or not, we should reward those who work hard on our behalf. Whether that reward is a token of thanks or payment for productivity is not important. It is the honoring of the hard work that pays true dividends.

Company productivity is enhanced when those who work hard are disproportionately rewarded. Our egalitarian culture is fine in many respects, but rewards for hard work and productivity should be a direct correlation.

Quick Prayer: I will reward those who work hard for me. Amen.

Authority

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” (Eph 6:5)

Who do you work for? We all have bosses, boards, shareholders, managers, or others in authority over us. Regardless of our role, we are all responsible to someone.

Some of us may have unreasonable, over-demanding, or overbearing people in authority over us; others are kind, responsible, and approachable leadership. Regardless of who our oversight is or how they operate, we have a clear guideline as to how to treat them: with respect and sincerity. That is not easy in our sometimes-tough commercial existence. How can we do that with genuine sincerity and true respect?

The key for me is the motivation of our hearts. We are to treat those in authority over us as we would treat Jesus. Would we be motivated, loyal, trustworthy, honest, hardworking, excellent, and go the extra mile for our living Savior? Then we are to treat those He puts in authority over us in the same way.

Quick Prayer: I work for You, Jesus. Amen.

 

Structure

“It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss.” (Dan 6:1–2)

There is one law of leadership that many entrepreneurs never quite master. If you do not clearly structure by responsibility and empower those people to make decisions, you will not grow your business.

When we are given any level of responsibility, fulfilling it with diligence does not mean doing it all ourselves. Leveraging team relationships and structuring authority coupled with clear objectives, division of responsibility, clear, demonstrable goals, and the articulation of an inclusive vision will all lead to success.

Quick Prayer: Help me order and structure well those under my authority. Amen.

Who is the boss?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)

We all report to someone. A manager, an owner, the shareholders, partners, a board, and that insidious of masters, the bank. How do we act when they are not present, or not demanding something specific? Do we slack off, are we disrespectful, do we only do what is required and no more?

The bible challenges us to act and work as if serving God Himself. This is because, in reality we are, working for and with a Saviour who has given His all for us. How much more then, knowing what He has endured for us, should we endure all things and work with all our hearts, serving Him. And this should not be out of compulsion but out of a grateful and thankful heart.

Quick Prayer. “You deserve the best Lord, help me to remember who I am working for.” Amen