“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36)
All that we have, all that we are, all opportunity, relationships and resources, have come from Him. In reality, when we take an eternal perspective, all we have is on loan from our beautiful Creator.
Let’s hold only what we have lightly, as stewards and faithful servants. Imagine a world where we caught the reality of this truth. Were we truly used what we have for the Kingdom.
Quick Prayer. “Lord, I acknowledge that all I have, and all I am, is from you. Use me for your glory.” Amen
“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘“My house will be called a house of prayer,” but you are making it “a den of robbers.”’” (Mat 21:12–13)
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. We have a tainted view of Jesus handed down and watered down by generations of religion. It is reflected in the imagery we use of a pale, clean, somewhat feminine portrayal of Jesus.
He was a Jewish carpenter, rugged and masculine. He also got angry yet did not sin. In this Scripture, He threw many people out of the temple, and I am sure they didn’t want to go and did not go quietly.
There is a place for anger and strong action—in particular here when He was jealous and zealous for His House.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that there is a righteous anger and that it applied to protecting Your house. Amen.
“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.
“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.
“And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” (Eph 6:9)
In a company, there is usually an hierarchy. At the top is the leadership in the C-suite, followed by managers and mid-level leaders down to those who do the real work and then the seemingly more menial roles of packing, serving, or cleaning.
Every link in the chain that is in every company is critical for its success. From the strategy makers to the parcel wrappers, sales to marketing, warehouse to IT, all are important for the company to succeed.
So it is with God. He sees us all equally. CEO and cleaner, manager and sales assistant are all equal in His mind. So how should we treat each other?
Quick Prayer: We are all equal in Your eyes, Lord. Amen.
“Laban said to him, ‘Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.’” (Gen 29:15)
There is nothing wrong in negotiating. Don’t mistake humility with vulnerability. We are not called to be doormats while we love and serve those around us. If you provide a valuable service or product, ensuring you are well rewarded is an important part of unlocking resources for you and those around you.
Likewise if you are a skilled worker who does a great job serving God with integrity and excellence, ensure you are well rewarded and compensated for your productivity. Linking outcomes to reward is a great way to ensure a share of advantage and blessing. Ask God for insight and favor before you negotiate; He may well surprise you with the outcome.
Quick Prayer: Give me wisdom in my negotiation and a boldness to ask. Amen.
“So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God.” (Hag 1:14)
What is stirring up within you? Is there a passion or a desire to do something extraordinary? Maybe God is talking with you. Maybe He is stirring you up.
God can talk to us in many ways; one of those is to place passions, desires, and dreams into our hearts. We would do well to consider what we have strong emotions for; maybe it is the stirring that will propel you to something significant.
When He stirs you up, He may well be stirring up others around you. If you find people coming into your life with a similar passion, then get together and pray with them. It could well be that God is stirring the pot.
Quick Prayer: Stir me up to good things, Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.” (Ezr 4:4)
When we step out to be obedient to the call of God, one thing is certain. We will get opposition. If you are walking the way of God, you will get flack from the strangest of places.
One of the favorite ways the enemy seeks to oppose us is through discouragement. You will never get that done. Who are you to do that? That’s too big a dream. You must be joking. That will never work. All that is just within your own head; just wait until others start talking to you.
Be prepared, and expect discouragement from others. Recognize it for what it is, respond gracefully, and set your face like flint. Strengthen those feeble knees, lean into the wind, and go forward regardless of the opposition.
Quick Prayer: Keep me from discouragement please, Jesus. Amen.