I am the greatest.

“The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)

This truth is perfectly presented in the person of Jesus. The greatest of all was the servant of all. As we seek to serve others, God will exalt us. As we seek to be exalted he may well oppose the proud. This is counter to human nature as we all want significance and to be esteemed.

There is a part of us that will use others to advance ourselves. We need to be reminded of God’s way to counter our own ambition. Let’s learn from the Master and learn to serve.

As we choose to be faithful in serving, doors will open that no man can shut, and opportunities will come as we prove to be faithful in the discharge of our God-given responsibilities.

Jesus is our example!

Quick Prayer. “Teach me to serve like you did.” Amen

Interesting.

“Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

Here is a bombshell, it is not about you. We spend a lot of time with a self centered view. Take a moment to look to others and see their needs.

Interestingly we are commanded to esteem, look upon and be concerned about ourselves, and others. This is not a denigration of self but an additional focus on others. So whilst we are not to undermine ourselves we do need to raise our awareness of those around us.

As you go about your business today, look around, God may have someone for you to minister to today. In fact I could guarantee it. Often He is just looking for a willing accomplice.

Quick Prayer. “Help me be aware of others needs today Lord.” Amen

Who do you serve?

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” (Ephesians 6:7)

We will always work for flawed people in a flawed environment. We will be let down, disappointed, not appreciated, and sometimes even taken for granted.

However, if we shift our focus and serve a perfect God, we will look through the imperfect to serve the Perfect. It is all a matter of perspective. The added benefit is we become more effective in the marketplace. We become like that which we focus on. Let’s focus on God and shift our mindsets to align with His.

This perspective if very powerful and unlocks the service mentality, the ability to see purpose and to work wholeheartedly regardless of the circumstances.

Quick Prayer. “Keep my eyes on you please Lord.” Amen

We all gotta serve someone.

“Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.” (1 Peter 2:18)

We all at some time have to report to someone harsh. Maybe it is a shareholder, director, other authority, financier, supplier, or customer. In the midst of our stakeholders and authority figures, there will be some harshness.

So what should be our response? Submission. Clear and simple. But let’s not misunderstand whatthat means. We should not be a doormat—Jesus was never a doormat—but we must take a submissive stance with a willingness to serve despite how it is received or perceived.

This is a tough call, but it’s God’s way. He will be with us all the way, equipping us when we have nothing to give. When we do it His way we can expect His results.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to bear the load when it gets heavy Lord.” Amen

The Restoration Business.

“ …for the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which is lost.” (Luke 19:10)

What should our priority be? What is our highest imperative? What is God’s vision?

Our bottom line is profit or cash flow or a triple bottom-line for some progressive companies. God is vitally interested in bringing success, but He has an ultimate bottom line.

In the midst of your busy life, keep an eye out for an opportunity—a God-given opportunity to share a word, plant a thought, say a prayer, or reap a soul for Jesus. It is the true bottom line and should be our top of mind. The ones with eternal consequences are always wrought in the practical application of obedience and grace.

God is in the restoration business, and He will make us all restorers. Jesus came to heal and restore that which was damaged and lost. We are part of His ongoing work.

Quick Prayer. “Show me how to restore others to you Lord.” Amen

Monday Matters: Work to Serve

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

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 Serve 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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Obey and Serve

“If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.” (Job 36:11)

We all would like some prosperity and contentment. Being followers of Jesus doesn’t make us any less capable of enjoying the good things of life. These are good and worthwhile things. They are gifts from the One we serve. God says that He wants to give us this kind of life.

What do we have to do to receive these desirable gifts? We have to be obedient and we have to serve. If we seek first the Kingdom of God, which is wherever He is King and His will is done, then these other things will be added to us.

When we serve, we put His priorities ahead of our own and treat others with respect and deference. As we obey Him and serve His will, we will gain our heart’s desires.

Quick Prayer: I will obey and serve. Amen.

Serving before Kings

“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” (Pro 22:29) We are all given a fixed amount of gifts and talents. They are allocated for a purpose, in that we all have a role to play and a part to fulfill. They do come, however, with some responsibility. Raw talent can only get us so far. The one with some talent will go way past the one with much unless the one with more learns diligence and applies him or herself. We are called to take what God has given us and to hone and develop it with the gifts He has bestowed on us. Training and learning are not self-interest pastimes; they are the building blocks of servanthood. If we are well equipped and prepared, we can serve effectively and be productive. Then we will be taken to new heights and given even greater opportunity to serve. Quick Prayer: I commit to developing the skills You have given me so I may serve You well. Amen.