Godly Counsel

“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” (Job 12:13)

We are plugged into the one Who knows everything. There is nothing He doesn’t know. He’s never surprised by anything that happens. In Him is all power. All counsel and all understanding are his.

Why, oh why, do we not call on the resources available to us more often? He is Almighty God. He is for us and not against us. He’s vitally and intimately interested in all you do at work.

Call on Him today, and see His wisdom, power, counsel, and understanding impact you and your workplace.

Quick Prayer: You are the fount of all wisdom and counsel. Lord, help me in my hour of need. Amen.

Entrusted.

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.” (Matthew 25:14)

The resources that we have as individuals, and in companies that we own, or work for, are merely entrusted to us. We don’t really own them; they are on loan to us. A return is required, both in physical and spiritual terms. Are we good stewards, do we exercise wisdom and reject the sense of entitlement that so often pervades our thinking?

It is an honor to serve the King and do deal well and wisely with all He has entrusted into our care.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you for entrusting me with so much.” Amen

Working with a Brother?

“Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.” (1 Tim 6:2)

Do you serve someone who is a fellow believer? You know that God sees you as equals and that he or she has a duty of care, but what should our response be when God places another believer in authority over us?

The Scripture is clear that we should go the extra mile to ensure we are model employees and respect and serve them even more than we would normally do. The other person’s conduct and walk is not our responsibility; it is between him or her and God. Our responsibility is to serve our leaders as we would Christ, to be a model employee, and to respect their authority.

Quick Prayer: Lord, I will especially honor other Christians I work with. Amen.

A Faithful Employer

“Each day one ox, six choice sheep and some poultry were prepared for me, and every ten days an abundant supply of wine of all kinds. In spite of all this, I never demanded the food allotted to the governor, because the demands were heavy on these people.” (Neh 5:18)

Empathy is rarely held up as an important skill for leaders. To me it is all important that we not only relate as leaders to those around us but also to do so with a high level of empathy.

When we consider others in this light, we begin to get revelation of their concerns and motivators. We can place people in the right roles with the right responsibilities for their skill sets and temperaments.

Equally, when things are not going well or there is need to restructure or discipline, we will be able to do so with a level of understanding and respect that comes from a relationship built on empathy.

Quick Prayer: Help me to treat those You place under me with respect, dignity, and empathy. Amen.

Blessed by Association

“From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.” (Gen 39:5)

When we surrender to God in an area, something extraordinary happens: the kingdom of God is brought to bear in that area. When we surrender to Him at work and offer up to Him all that is in our authority or under our influence, He begins to bless.

We literally bring the blessings of God to all we touch through a surrendered heart and prayerful walk. Those who are around us will experience blessings though association with us.

God is with us, and He also will be with those around us and the company or workplace we minister in. Our work in the world is ministry if it is surrendered and sanctified.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that my surrender to You brings blessings to those I associate with. Amen.

God Is Listening

“Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.” (Jam 5:4)

God hears the voices of those you have authority over. What would they say about you and how you treat them? God is impartial, and He understands the circumstances, but the question remains.

What do you have in your power to give that you are not giving? There are responsibilities beyond fair pay and conditions. Do you really want to just meet the minimum requirements, or will you go the extra mile for those God has placed at your side?

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You hear the voices of those who work for me. Amen.

Try A Few Things.

“Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” (Ecc 11:6)

I am a big believer in focus. Focused energy and resources will ensure an outcome when applied to a task. However, a diversified portfolio is wise because having all your eggs in one basket contains focused risk.

The same principle applies to what we work on. Some things will work and others just won’t, so trying a number of ventures is not unwise.

The other imperative in this word is that of application. You can’t get away from plain old hard work. A number of different projects require more effort. It is not about diluting your resources; it is about increasing your opportunities. And who knows—maybe it will all be successful.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for variety and not certainty. I will diversify. 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.