“So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.” (Luk 16:2)
We are all accountable to someone. We all have a boss, a board, a manager, or someone who has authority over us. There are no lone rangers in the kingdom of God. There is wisdom in community and in the application of accountability.
Spiritual accountability for practical reality makes a lot of common sense. Very few of us want to have accountability, and yet part of the wisdom in walking with God is surrounding ourselves with people who will hold us accountable.
God is into accountability. One day we will all stand before Him and give an account. Yes, if we are born-again, we will not be held responsible for our sin, yet we will be held accountable for what we have done with what we were given.
Quick Prayer: I am aware that I need to be accountable. Help me to be so. Amen.
“When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts.” (Neh 10:31)
We sometimes forget that our economy is not necessarily built on godly principles. While I truly believe that the democratic free-market capitalist system is as good as it gets, there are certain godly principles that are not inherent in the way we do commerce.
In the ancient world, there was a seven-year cycle of forgiving debts. What a wonderful demonstration of forgiveness and grace and mercy. What an acknowledgment that all belongs to God.
We have been forgiven much. Let’s not forget where we were when God found us. We who have received mercy should be merciful.
Quick Prayer: Help me to be merciful with those who owe me money. Amen.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)
There is so much in this one small Scripture. A child is born, a Son is given, the great gift of God. He has authority and rule, and we are called to be subject to Him.
He is described by the Holy Spirit as being a Wonderful Counselor. He is described as the mighty God Creator. He is described as the everlasting Father and the true Son of the Prince of Peace—a wonderful and complete explanation of the Trinity and the aspects of God.
The added bonus is that the Holy Spirit is our counselor, and we walk with Him every day. Here’s something truly wonderful—that creativity can flow through us.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You are a Wonderful Counselor. 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 highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.” (Psalm 115:16)
I do have a soft spot for environmentalists. They tend to have a different worldview, and often a different political agenda, but we do have one view in common. We do not own the earth, but are just stewards of it. Avoiding damage, correcting wrongs and increasing awareness of issues, all are positive; as we have a duty of care for God’s creation.
The earth is a gift, and a somewhat fragile one at that. Why not shed our differences and make sure we pass on this incredible gift to our children in better shape than it is right now?
Those who want to protect God’s creation, even if they don’t call it that, are doing a good thing and should be encouraged. It is the politicization of the agenda and the often radically liberal views that have hijacked a worthy endeavor.
What can you do in your business to help protect and sustain God’s creation?
Quick Prayer. “Help me to be aware of the need to steward the planet well.” Amen
“LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success.” (Psalm 118:25)
Is God interested in our success? Yes He is. I am not sure what it is in us that seems reluctant to ask Him for it. Is it pride that we can do it ourselves? Is it a failure to understand where success ultimately comes from? Perhaps it is a notion that we don’t deserve better, or that it is presumptuous to ask.
Often I think we are being judged by our own motives, but if we waited for them to be pure we would never got anything done. Whatever it is, let us lay it down, and pick up the biblical understanding that we need to ask for success, for blessing, and for His favor.
Lets pray not with human understanding and reticence, but in a biblical way, one of total surrender, obedience and reliance.
Quick Prayer. “Father according to your word I pray for success” Amen