“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” (1 Chr 29:17)
Do you ever feel that you are being tested? Are you going to do the right thing? What about that thing that just popped into your head? You know, the thing you know you should really be doing but are reluctant to do?
Do the right thing, and let God sort out what happens next. Let the consequences be what they may, and be obedient to His call of integrity. As we move in obedience, He can release the most unexpected blessings.
Integrity counts. When we have integrity in the small, seemingly insignificant things, we prepare ourselves for being faithful in the larger temptations and challenges. If you feel like you are being tested, it is probably because you are.
Quick Prayer: Help me to maintain integrity in all I do and say. Amen.
How Do You Treat Your Suppliers?
“So the craftsman encourages the smelter, and he who smooths metal with the hammer encourages him who beats the anvil.” (Isa 41:7 NASB)
Now this is an interesting question! Are you brutal and over demanding of those who supply you goods and services? Isn’t it a good business practice to extract the last possible cent from those you do business with? The Bible shows us a more synergistic relationship of mutual respect and encouragement.
Long-term relationships built on an understanding of shared profitability can be priceless as cycles move and pricing power shifts up and down supply chains. Building those relationships on respect and going to the extent of encouraging our suppliers is doing business God’s way. The very fact that it does not happen very often ensures that you will stand out, become a customer of choice, demonstrate a different approach, and represent the God you profess to serve.
Quick Prayer: Help me to demonstrate Your grace to my suppliers. Amen.
“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” (Luk 14:33)
What does it mean to give up everything? To me it is an attitude of the heart—a position of yielding and surrender, of obedience, and of willingness to lay everything down. We are to commit to God all we have, all we do, and all we are.
Commit it all into His hands and it becomes anointed, powerful in His Kingdom, and sanctified for a greater purpose. Moses only had a staff, yet God used it to lead a nation through miracle after miracle. The question He was asked was, “What do you have in your hand?” What do we have in our hands? Let’s give it all to God and see what He can do.
Quick Prayer: I yield all I have to Your lordship. Amen.
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.” (Matthew 25:14)
The resources that we have as individuals, and in companies that we own, or work for, are merely entrusted to us. We don’t really own them; they are on loan to us. A return is required, both in physical and spiritual terms. Are we good stewards, do we exercise wisdom and reject the sense of entitlement that so often pervades our thinking?
It is an honor to serve the King and do deal well and wisely with all He has entrusted into our care.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for entrusting me with so much.” Amen
“The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.” (Genesis 24:35)
Do not be ashamed of the financial blessing God has bestowed on you. It is He who blesses with wealth in all its forms. If you are struggling do not be ashamed in asking for His blessing. He is not a stingy God.
God is an abundant God, the God of “more than enough”. Take a moment to thank him for all that He has given you. Take a close look around and you will see all that He has bestowed on you.
Use your wealth wisely, submit it to God and be obedient to His promptings but enjoy that which He has given you to enjoy.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that wealth is a blessing. Please bless me in my finances.” Amen
“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
“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.” (Leviticus 25:23)
Is God interested in real estate? Yes He is, very interested as it turns out. A small strip on the edge of the Mediterranean has been the central focus of His redemptive purpose and the attention of the world for generations.
This land, our land and all land belongs to Him. When we transact or own the land we are merely leaseholders for our Lord, stewards of His property. Land ownership as we understand it, is a misnomer. With this in mind, let us be generous, productive and mindful when dealing with land and always acknowledge its true owner.
Let’s serve people and steward land with an open hand; generous, gracious and grateful.
Quick Prayer. “I acknowledge that all land is yours Lord” Amen
“To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” (Deuteronomy 10:14)
Everything; now there is an all encompassing and all containing word. No exceptions, no exclusions, no special case, nothing left out. It all belongs to God, whether we agree or not, accept or not, believe or not.
If it is in heaven it is His and if it is on earth it is His. All we have and all we think we own, is His. If this is true, then we are merely stewards of what belongs to God.
If we really thought about that and understood this fact in all its ramifications, would our lives be different? I think we would be more generous, less frivolous and more thankful. To begin with perhaps we should acknowledge that He owns it all, and then maybe He will respond by giving us a greater revelation of how we should steward that which is His.
Quick Prayer. “It is all yours Lord.” Amen