Do You Value Your Team?

Do You Value Your Team?

“For the body is not one member, but many.” (1 Cor 12:14 NASB)

A successful business is the interaction of many tasks performed by many people. Valuing each member of a team regardless of his or her task or role ensures an inclusive culture and internal communication.

Like any chain, you are as strong as the weakest link. Often the hidden people doing the seemingly mundane are critical to a smooth, effective organization. Public and private acknowledgment of their significance is not only the right thing to do but also produces a wave of genuine productivity.

Do not underestimate the power of taking time to say hello. Encourage and take a genuine interest in the personal life of all your staff, especially those others ignore. You will be amazed at the results.

Quick Prayer: Help me to honor those You would have me reach out to, Jesus. Amen.

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Does God Give People Wealth?

Does God Give People Wealth?

“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.

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We Walk a Fine Line

We Walk a Fine Line

“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.

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A Warning to Those around Us

A Warning to Those around Us

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self.” (Luke 9:25)”

Growth is good and optimizing profit a spiritual mandate. But the unfettered pursuit of wealth brings a warning from God. To those around us, meaning is derived from the accumulation of possessions, but Jesus once again tells it like it is. Even if you were to become a billionaire or have the wealth of nations, it is of no value if you lose your very soul.

Our calling is to demonstrate this to those around us. The wanton pursuit of wealth is only moderated, contained, and augmented by a loving God working on the spirit of man, moving us from glory to glory as we are being transformed into the likeness of Him who gave His life for us. This is not by our works but by His unmerited favor and grace.

Quick Prayer: Jesus, keep me from greed, and help me to demonstrate Your grace to those around me. Amen.

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Money

Money

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Tim 6:10)

Scripture is often misquoted as saying, “Money is the root of all evil.” The verse in question is correctly quoted above. Money is neither good nor evil. It is a morally neutral tool that can be used for good or to cause damage.

Money buys freedom of choice and options to give and sow into the work of the kingdom. What is it in you and your business that constrains the wanton pursuit of profit at all costs? Greed is moderated by giving; God calls us to a generous life—a giving life—as demonstrated by His Son, who gave His life for all.

The pursuit of wealth for wealth’s sake will bring with it collateral damage in other areas of life if it is not counterbalanced with a generous spirit. Moderation is a virtue, and God’s principles of giving and sacrifice bring balance to our natural tendency for greed.

Quick Prayer: Lord, please bless my workplace and balance my life with generosity and wisdom. Amen.

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Have You Asked Your Staff Recently?

Have You Asked Your Staff Recently?

“Jesus stopped ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’” (Luke 18:40–41)

You are in a position of authority, and even if you are accessible, many will be intimidated by your position. If you ask, “What can I do for you?” you give an opportunity to others to respond. It may very well help them do their part in the company.

Often the simple things are forgotten yet can be easily changed or given to adequately resource your people. We all liked to be asked, even if we don’t need anything. It shows that someone cares about our opinion.Jesus is asking us the same question. He is able to change any situation, provide any resource, and meet any need, and He is asking, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Go ahead; ask.

Quick Prayer: Help me to remember to ask. Amen.

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No Calling is Above Another

No Calling is Above Another

Martin Luther wrote, “A cobbler, a smith, a farmer, by means of his own work or office must benefit and serve every other, that in this way many kinds of work may be done for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the community, even as all the members of the body serve one another.”

We are called to stay more often than to go. Doing what you do is the basis of your service to God. He will use you where you are, change you where you are, and grow you where you are. We need to learn to see the sacred in the seemingly ordinary to appreciate God’s plan for our lives.

As we submit in this, the motivation will come, the fruit of the Spirit will be manifested, and true ministry will begin to occur.

Quick Prayer: Lord, thank You for where You have planted me. Help me to see You in all I do. Amen.

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Bills – Romans 13:8

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (Rom 13:8)

Sometimes the Scriptures are deliberately vague. We have to dig deep for the truth, and there are layers of understanding. Other times things are so obvious in black-and-white that we almost miss them.

Let no debts remain outstanding. If we look into the ancient text, reference the commentators of the time, seek out all the different interpretations of the Scripture, and assemble it all together, it makes no difference. The Word still says to let no debt remain outstanding.

If you have debts remaining, let them not remain outstanding.

Quick Prayer: Help me get me out of debt please, Lord. Amen.