Pay Attention

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” (Deu 28:13)

Wow! What a promise. We will always be at the top, never at the bottom. We will be at the head, not the tail. That means we are the initiators. We are the ones who will dictate terms. We are the ones in control. We are leaders, not followers. Is that our experience? It is not mine—not all the time.

So what is the condition of the promise? We will be the head if we pay attention to the commands of the Lord and carefully follow them. If we do this and stand in faith, we will receive all that God has for us. We will no longer be pushed around by circumstances but living in victory.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that I am the head and not the tail. Amen.

An Eternal Perspective.

“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

Wow, here it is; the core of our reason for being, for serving, for Him, all that we have, all that we are, every blessing, every day. All comes from Him. We barely grasp the true meaning of what it is to be a Son or Daughter of the King.

All things were created for Him, and by Him, that He be glorified forever. If all that we have is His, it should all be dedicated to Him, for His use. What do we have in our hand we would struggle to give away? Where is the waste in resources, in time, in finances?

If only we would view our lives from an eternal perspective, how different would our world be?

Quick Prayer. “Help me to be a better steward Lord.” Amen

How straight is your path?

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)

How many times has God helped you out? How many times has He provided for you in your hour of need? Many times He works for our advantage and we are completely unaware.

So what should our response be? How often do we acknowledge Him in what we do, what we say and how we act. We can acknowledge it to Him. Saying thank you to God is an important part.

“Doing life” His way is a major way of acknowledging His Lordship in our lives. Acknowledging His Lordship in our influence and success, or overcoming of life’s problems, is not only a witness but will help align ourselves to His will.

When all is aid and done and we stand before God. The complexity of our journey will be shown to have been a straight path, where we have acknowledged Him and done it His way.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to remember to acknowledge you, in all I do.” Amen

Monday Matters: Work to Grow

We’ve decided at Called to Business that we should release our 8 Part Video Training Series ; “Monday Matters” for FREE! here is Session THREE. Work to GROW

We just want to bless the Marketplace Christian Community and ensure that as many as possible continue to grow in their understanding of Faith & Work.

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Monday Matters: Work to Grow from Mark Bilton on Vimeo.

An eight part training series based on the book; “Monday Matters; Finding God in Your Workplace.” A practical framework to learn how to integrate your faith into your work. Led by Mark Bilton, experienced CEO and Founder of Called to Business. In this series Mark provides insights and a practical framework that lays out God’s purpose for work. These lessons have been mined from real world commercial experience. Author Mark Bilton has walked with God and seen Him open doors that have taken him from the shop floor to the boardroom; from sales assistant to CEO.

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What is your position on giving?

“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.(Luke 6:30)

It is easy to become paralyzed by the scam artists, the fraudster and the false beggars. Soon enough we won’t give to anyone for fear of being ripped of or swindled. Jesus had a novel approach. Let it go and just give.

I met a great Salvation Army man and asked him about this. His response was sure use some discernment, but he  would rather give to ten and be ripped off by nine, if it meant the genuine case was ministered to. What a refreshing view in a cynical world, and very much in line with Jesus suggestion, or was it an instruction?

Look for the opportunity to share Jesus’ love at work today. There will be at least one.

Quick Prayer. “Fill me with grace, to give and not judge.” Amen

Jesus.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Joh 3:16)

This is what it is all about. The core of what we believe. But familiarity often breeds contempt. Take a moment to read with fresh eyes the familiar words, with such a poignant meaning. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, and the expression of an incomprehensible love that is so wide, so deep, and so complete, that we cannot begin to understand its total, absolute, and monumental enormity.

It is for all history, the perfect expression of perfect love. The enormity of the sacrifice cannot be understood by mortal man nor the consequences of rejecting this indescribable gift.

Others need to know what we have heard and experienced. Let the love of others overcome the fear of opening up and letting them know.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you Jesus, for the ultimate sacrifice.” Amen

Where do you invest?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke12:34)

Here is a sobering thought. Imagine if God has kept a record of all our cheques, automatic payments, bank statements and credit card transactions. Could He tell just from those, where our priorities are?

If we take an eternal perspective, looking down in a couple of hundred years or so, what would be important? Is it the temporal instant satisfaction of the latest toy or gadget; or perhaps the eternal souls affected by an investment in a mission, a gift, a ministry supported, a church planted, a soul won?

We own nothing, all is His, we are merely stewards of what He owns. That is quite a responsibility!

Quick Prayer. “Lord show me how to invest in the Kingdom.” Amen

Where is your hope?

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17)

If the Global Financial Crisis taught us anything, it was that wealth is indeed fleeting, and uncertain, and not to be relied on for security. We need to put our hope and trust in God. It is He that is our security, He that is our salvation, He that is our protector and provider. to put our trust in anything else is not only foolish it is idolatrous. We have a loving heavenly Father who has covenented with us to provide all our needs and give us the desires of our hearts.

Quick Prayer. “I put my hope and trust in you Jesus.” Amen