Big Mouth !

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” (Proverbs 31:8)

If you are in a leadership position in business, God has given you influence. What will you use it for? To bless yourself and your family? Yes, that is fine. To bless others in your company or church? That is fine too. But what of those who have no voice in society, those who have no influence or resources—who will speak for them? How will their voice be heard and justice done?

Often we see life through our own worldview, blissfully unaware of others who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is our duty to look again and ask how we can help. You can make a difference.

Is God speaking to you today?

Quick Prayer. “Let me see the needs of others, and the courage to speak for them.” Amen

Take Action

“This is what the Lord says to you, house of David: ‘“Administer justice every morning; rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done—burn with no one to quench it.”’” (Jer 21:12)

There are times when we are touched by stories of injustice. When at work, we can hear of people who are not getting a fair hearing or where justice is not being applied. While being moved is good, it is action that is required.

This Scripture is very strong. God sees and wants justice to prevail. It is never easy to speak up and make a stand. You may pay a price, but God will be pleased as you stand up for what is right, just, and true.

Quick Prayer: Give me the strength to stand up and be counted. Amen.

Settle and Move On

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” (Mat 5:25)

If you are in business or in any level of authority in the workplace, there will be disagreements and even legal threats. How are we to face these things, and what should our response be?

We are advised to settle quickly to make sure we don’t expose ourselves to greater consequences. There are two options; we are either right or wrong. However, regardless of our view of the situation, we should not place ourselves at risk in court unnecessarily.

Pride can be a great motivator, and it will drive us to push to the limits whether we are right or wrong. The consequences of letting this dangerous emotion get the better of us are self-evident.

Quick Prayer: I will settle if I can as quickly as I can. Amen.

What Is More Important?

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Mat 23:23)

There is a lot of chatter in churches about giving. If we were to be perfectly transparent with each other, it is usually by leaders who want you to give more and churchgoers looking to give less.

Is giving important? Yes it is, and it should not be neglected. But more important is justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These are the behaviors we should covet and endeavor to have in abundance.

Please give, and give regularly and generously, but never forget the priorities that are the fruit of a life transformed by Jesus: faithfulness, mercy, and justice.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for the pattern and discipline of regular giving. Amen.

 

Restitution.

“Or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering.” (Lev 6:5)

We are not subject to the law. We have been released from its hold and are free. However, the wisdom and precepts still come from the heart of God.

While we receive forgiveness for what we do wrong and Jesus has paid the price for that, there are often consequences for our actions. We need to look beyond our forgiveness and endeavor to make restitution to those we have offended or harmed.

Our forgiveness is not in question or reliant on any restitution we may make, but taking the time to heal wounds and put right wrongs is worthwhile.

Quick Prayer: What do I need to put right, Lord? Amen.

Do What is Right.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have gone far enough, princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Eze 45:9)

Justice and righteousness? Are these words we would use regularly in the workplace? I don’t think I have heard them uttered recently in any meetings I have been in, yet they are high on God’s agenda. He wants to see us walk in them at work.

We are called to do what is just and right. He wants leaders to do the right thing and managers to do the correct thing. They are not necessarily the same thing. Sometimes they are, but it is the way in which they are executed that makes them just and right.

We can bring correction or an alternative view while honoring others, or we can be dogmatic and judgmental. Are you walking in justice and righteousness? It may only be in manner, but God sees the attitudes of the heart.

Quick Prayer: Show me where I am oppressing anyone, and forgive all my shortcomings. Amen.