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

Where is your hope?

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17)

If the Global Financial Crisis taught us anything, it was that wealth is indeed fleeting, and uncertain, and not to be relied on for security. We need to put our hope and trust in God. It is He that is our security, He that is our salvation, He that is our protector and provider. to put our trust in anything else is not only foolish it is idolatrous. We have a loving heavenly Father who has covenented with us to provide all our needs and give us the desires of our hearts.

Quick Prayer. “I put my hope and trust in you Jesus.” Amen

What does the Church have to do with Business?

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-16)

The church as an institution, populated with the five fold ministries, is to “prepare you for works of service.” The role is to prepare, the work to be done, is outside the church, in the marketplace.

The full expression of our work with God is to be manifested in our daily work, not within the four walls of the church.

However, it is vital to be well connected to a  place of worship, where you can be refreshed and prepared as you go out again to minster in the world.

We are called to be “fishers of men” not keepers of the aquarium.

Quick Prayer. “I commit to supporting my local church, show me how I can help.” Amen

Favoritism

“Who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?” (Job 34:19)

We are the product of the society we live in. We cannot escape the worldview and attitudes we are raised with. Society’s norms are almost absorbed by osmosis. Many of the places we live are quite egalitarian, others are structured into classes and sects.

As believers we are called to one standard regardless of where we live, who we are, or what our society accepts as normal. We are to show no partiality or favor to those in high social positions over those who are deemed to be of lesser status.

We are all equal in the eyes of God, rich or poor, because we were all created by His hand.

Quick Prayer: We are all equal in Your eyes. Help me to remember that. Amen.

Not Even a Hint

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” (Eph 5:3)

We are all sexual beings, and at work we spend a lot of time with others. There is always temptation and relationship risk when we work closely with others.

Where should we place the boundaries to protect ourselves and our partners? God places the line way back beyond where we might think. There should not even be a hint of immorality—not even the slightest innuendo or flirt.

When you take care of the way it looks, you actually take care of the way it is. If it can be interpreted wrongly, then give it a wide berth. Too many have succumbed to a workplace affair. If you are in danger of being snared, then flee before it is too late.

Quick Prayer: Protect my virtue, give me wisdom, and keep me pure. Amen.

Women in Business

“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” (Pro 31:16)

Jesus was, and is, one of the greatest liberators of women in history—so much so that early writings see the ‘Christian Way’ as a political movement rather than a religious one. A key reason for this was the empowerment of women. In the society of the time, women were regarded as little more than chattels.

The clearest example we have of a great businessperson in the Bible is the Proverbs 31 woman. Here is a wonderful example of wisdom, application, diligence, and fiscal responsibility.

God is definitely into having women in business, so let’s not get in His way with some of our religiosity. There is no glass ceiling in God’s economy; He will exalt women into leadership roles if they allow Him to do so.

Quick Prayer: I will honor women as You did, Jesus. Amen.

Order

“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” (1 Cor 14:40)

I quite like a bit of chaos—the thrill of chasing down a deadline and the adrenalin of everyone pulling out all stops to achieve a goal. It is probably not a positive trait, but it is partly how I am wired. If everything is too orderly, I feel uncomfortable.

However, I am not saying chaos is a good thing. We should have an orderly approach because this is a much more effective way of working. All things in order and in their correct place, while a little sterile, is definitely a better way to go.

There is a way that is fitting. This speaks to me of the correct way to do a particular task—one that is the best fit for the objective. In order to achieve that, we need to think about our approach and be a little less reactionary. I think that may be a Godly approach to business.

Quick Prayer: Help me bring some Spirit-led order to my business. Amen.

Way to Go

“This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’” (Isa 48:17)

Do you ever have a dilemma at work, or in your life? We all do. There are often times when we have choices to make and a number of ways we can go. How often do we consider God’s desire for us as we ponder which way to go?

Choosing between a cheese sandwich and a cucumber sandwich may not need an angelic visitation to determine, but a lot of other questions may. Offering a circumstance to God invites clarity and wisdom and His intervention if required.

We have been given a brain and are expected to weigh our options with a certain amount of independence, but many times we would be wise to check with God. Certainly any significant decision should be made in consultation with Him to Whom we have given our lives.

Quick Prayer: Which way should I go, Jesus? Amen.