Bad times.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14)

Much though we don’t like to admit it we have good times and bad. Some say it is not acting in faith to admit this. My bible tells me God is in all things, in all times, both the good and the bad. Here it specifically says God has made both. Enjoy the good and work with God in the bad.

“Come to Jesus and everything will go well”, is not the gospel. He will walk with us and give us the strength to endure, persevere, fight when required and overcome when we need to.

He is with us always, good and bad, and will always be with us, never forsake us, giving us all we need all the time.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you are with me in the good and the bad, Holy Spirit” Amen

The Origin of Wealth.

“Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

Where do wealth and possessions come from? From our hard work? We would toil in vain without God. It is He who gives us the ability to create wealth and His hand that distributes blessing. Alongside material possessions sometimes come a priceless gift—one that eludes so many who do not know God and many who do.

There is the gift of an ability to enjoy wealth. The wealthiest people are not the happiest. The enjoyment of what we have comes as a gift from God.

The second part of that blessing is a release from striving and looking for the next thing. The trap of materialism is the unending cycle of desire and dissatisfaction. Enjoy, accept, and be happy; it’s a great gift.

Quick Prayer. “Allow me to enjoy what you have given me Jesus.” Amen

Why Worry?

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25)

We are human aren’t we? We who profess to be spiritually minded actually struggle with all manner of things. The pull of this world and its cares is strong. Jesus us said, don’t worry about it, I’ve got it covered.

The phrase “don’t worry be happy”, may be flippant, but has more than a passing dose of truth in it. Do we trust our heavenly Father to provide? By worrying we are saying that we don’t.

We need to discipline our minds, and talk to our spirits, reassuring them that God is in control, and will provide for our every need. We should focus on what He is concerned with, the advancement of His Kingdom. Seek these things, and let Him worry about what we will wear, what we will eat, and dare I say, what we will drive, and where we will live?

Quick Prayer. “Forgive me for worry.” Amen

True Contentment.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12)

What is true contentment? What would it take for you to feel truly content? We tend to think of that in terms of material possessions, relationships and circumstances. Paul who was ship wrecked, beaten, stoned, jailed amongst other great experiences, is talking about something much deeper; A peace that goes beyond all understanding, beyond circumstance and experience. It is a contentment that can only be supernatural in origin.

Imagine being so close to God that all else pales into insignificance. All becomes a shadow, truly in context against the all-powerful light of a totally radiant God. The closer we get to Him the more content we will be. He is the only certainty, the only constant, the only place of true contentment.

Quick Prayer. “Bring me to a place of true contentment Lord.” Amen

God’s Riches.

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)

We have leaned from God, received from Him and heard from Him. When we study His word or hear His still small voice, we have seen Him. What do we do with these words, impressions, feelings and instructions? We are exhorted to put them into practice.

Apply what we have seen of God into our lives, that we may be transformed to become more like Him. The more like Him we are, the more effective we will be in the Kingdom, the more fruit we will demonstrate, and the closer we are to being all we can be.

And the outcome according to this word is not the peace of God, but something better; the God of Peace will be with us.

Quick Prayer. “Help me always to be mindful of what you are teaching me Lord.” Amen

Love.

“Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” (Proverbs 15:17)

Love is not a word we often use in a business context. Here we are talking about the price we sometimes pay to live a life with a few extras. Getting a balance in life where we know our priorities and see our responsibilities clearly can have a great impact.

We have a need to be loved and to love. Don’t let your work under the disguise of providing, destroy the very people you love. We are called to provide, and that goes well beyond the financials. We have responsibilities for ourselves, our immediate families, those around us, and the greater kingdom of God.

We need to look at our relationships for a holistic perspective in order to judge reasonably.

Quick Prayer. “I need balance in my  life to look after those I love, and I need your help to achieve it.” 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