“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.” (Deut 8:18)
God doesn’t give us wealth; He gives us the ability to produce wealth. This speaks to a responsibility of fruitfulness. We have to take the ability and use it wisely, in accordance with Biblical principles. The ability is a gift. The wealth, the fruit, and the responsibility come with not only a command to multiply but in how we use it.
The parable of the talents is often used as an analogy for gifts. The talent was a unit of currency, so this parable is about money. The command is to be fruitful with the resources we are given.
God is interested in our finances and how we create them and use His gifts to build wealth at work.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the ability to produce wealth. Help me to do it Your way, for Your glory. Amen.
“Watch out!…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NIV)
How easy it is to be distracted with work, wealth, and possessions. Trust Jesus to cut through and tell it like it is. We need to be reminded of our priorities and of the things that can so easily ensnare us. Our life is more than what we do, where we work, and what we own. We are called to operate with excellence in our sphere of influence yet be untainted by its falsehood.
Jesus again exhorts us in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Our challenge is to run our agendas, schedules, focus, efforts, and resources on His mandate and His priorities. Only then will we truly be operating in excellence and building His kingdom.
Quick Prayer:Lord, show me Your schedule and priorities for my life and business. Amen.
“So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.” (Luk 16:2)
We are all accountable to someone. We all have a boss, a board, a manager, or someone who has authority over us. There are no lone rangers in the kingdom of God. There is wisdom in community and in the application of accountability.
Spiritual accountability for practical reality makes a lot of common sense. Very few of us want to have accountability, and yet part of the wisdom in walking with God is surrounding ourselves with people who will hold us accountable.
God is into accountability. One day we will all stand before Him and give an account. Yes, if we are born-again, we will not be held responsible for our sin, yet we will be held accountable for what we have done with what we were given.
Quick Prayer: I am aware that I need to be accountable. Help me to be so. Amen.
“She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.’” (2 Kin 4:7)
There is a spiritual principle that affects our physical existence; we reap what we sow. What we put in, we get out. Often the type of seed we sow is the fruit we reap. These things are the provision of God. Sometimes He goes abundantly beyond all we can think.
When it has all gone horribly wrong and what we have feared has come to pass, God is still able to provide. He may well provide in a truly supernatural fashion. He can open doors no man can shut. He can provide in ways we cannot even imagine. He can provide a way when there is no way.
Let’s not forget that He is an omnipotent God. He is the Creator of all things, and He is without limit. He is bigger than our need, and He can and will provide.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You can provide supernaturally. Amen.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)
There is so much in this one small Scripture. A child is born, a Son is given, the great gift of God. He has authority and rule, and we are called to be subject to Him.
He is described by the Holy Spirit as being a Wonderful Counselor. He is described as the mighty God Creator. He is described as the everlasting Father and the true Son of the Prince of Peace—a wonderful and complete explanation of the Trinity and the aspects of God.
The added bonus is that the Holy Spirit is our counselor, and we walk with Him every day. Here’s something truly wonderful—that creativity can flow through us.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You are a Wonderful Counselor. Amen.
“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.” (Psa 16:7)
If you are an entrepreneur or an ideas person, you may sometimes be called a dreamer. Perhaps you are a contemplative person and maybe this label applies to you also. Take it as a compliment.
God can talk to us through our dreams. Even at night He can impact our lives. If you have a dream, take it to Him, and ask Him what it means. God can guide us during the day and talk to us during the night. The Bible is full of people who heard God in dreams. Don’t limit the way that He will talk to you.
Quick Prayer: Guide me through dreams, Lord. I expect to hear You in this way. Amen.
“However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.” (Deuteronomy 15:4)
Hang on that can’t be right surely. If we have God’s blessing there will be no poverty. He will richly provide for all our needs and for those around us. It is God’s heart that there be no poverty. Let’s bear in mind the heart of God.
Here is an unpopular question for you; how much of what God has given us have we set aside to meet the needs of the poor. We are rich beyond all measure if we take a global view. Are we eating the bread He destined to provide for others?
Quick Prayer. “Help me to reach out in your way Lord.” Amen
“If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.” (1 Corinthians 9:17)
As we go about our daily business, we are often so intent on the task we don’t take the time to consider the circumstances of those around us. We are surrounded by people who may be struggling, and dealing with all sorts of family, health or financial issues.
Going beyond the physical; what about spiritual wellbeing. There is an eternity to live, and only one way in. We literally hold the keys to eternal life. Do we believe that? Then what stops us from sharing the good news with others? Pride? What will people think? Will we really let that stand between someone and eternity.
Ask God to open your eyes to those around you. Somewhere in your world today is someone, who needs to hear some truth. And the Truth shall set them free.
Quick Prayer. “Lead me to someone who needs to hear about you today.” Amen