Are You a Promise Keeper?
“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.”
(Ecc 5:5 NASB)
Our integrity is always demonstrated by what we say. Do we offer more than we can deliver? Do we paint a picture that is overly rosy? Do we dangle a carrot in front of our staff that will be hard to meet? The Scripture says our yes should be yes and our no, no (see Mat 5:37). There is no grey, just black and white.
Sometimes it is not easy to say it like it is. Often when circumstances change, we struggle to meet our commitments. Perhaps we should do what we said we will do and let God sort out the consequences. He will honor a stand that is done in line with His requirements of us.
We can live by the Word of God, keep our promises, and run a successful, growing, profitable, influential business.
Quick Prayer: Jesus, You always demonstrated absolute integrity. Help me to walk like You. Amen.
“You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.” (Exo 18:18 NASB)
Are you working long hours, tired, irritable, and not spending enough time with your family? This is not compulsory for success. God has said that His burden is light and that He has come so that we may life—life to the fullest.
God will provide you with the resources you need to accomplish the task He has set for you. Are there people in your business you are not delegating to? Do you need to be across all that detail? Can you not trust those around you? If your view is that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself, then stop because you are on the road to trouble, both for yourself and for those around you.
Look at what you have to do, and give away all you can. If you trust others to deliver, you may well be surprised at the outcome—in a good way.
Be very clear on your desired outcome. Make sure your employees are well resourced, and let them loose. You may well be unlocking their God-given talent. The people you always wanted may already be with you.
Quick Prayer: Lord, help me unload what You never intended me to carry. Amen.
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks; give careful attention to your herds.” (Pro 27:23)
Whether we are in business, have some authority in the work place, or just have financial oversight over our own income, one thing is very important. In the business of work and life, we can get carried away with all we are doing.
How is your financial state? Do you know what you spend and what your costs are? Do you know what your future requirements may be? Are your investments wisely placed? Are you putting away enough to retire? Are you reducing your debt?
In short, what is coming in, what is going out, and how much do you have? Discipline and robust management of our finances personally or in business can be a painful process to monitor, but monitor it we should.
Quick Prayer: Let my books be in order as a reflection of Your order. Amen.
“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘“My house will be called a house of prayer,” but you are making it “a den of robbers.”’” (Mat 21:12–13)
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. We have a tainted view of Jesus handed down and watered down by generations of religion. It is reflected in the imagery we use of a pale, clean, somewhat feminine portrayal of Jesus.
He was a Jewish carpenter, rugged and masculine. He also got angry yet did not sin. In this Scripture, He threw many people out of the temple, and I am sure they didn’t want to go and did not go quietly.
There is a place for anger and strong action—in particular here when He was jealous and zealous for His House.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that there is a righteous anger and that it applied to protecting Your house. Amen.
“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.
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness.” (2 Cor 6:14)
This Scripture, when taken to the extreme, seems to promote exclusion. We know this is not true because Jesus spent so much time with unbelievers and sinners that He was called one by the righteous folk of the day.
However, there is a point at which we can become entwined contractually or relationally in such a way that the diametrically opposed forces in the heavenlies are joined. Just as oil and water can’t mix, so the outcome of being unequally yoked in a partnership can be catastrophic. Make sure you take this truth into account before getting into bed with an unbeliever.
Quick Prayer: Please show me where this is relevant in my life, Lord. Amen.
“Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.” (Pro 30:10)
There is something in human nature that finds satisfaction or even delight in gossip, slander, and having a good whine. Today take a listen to the conversations at work and see how often this is the case. If you want a shock, listen to how much you do it yourself.
There is a price we pay when we operate in this way and give into our human natures. It poisons our ability to see clearly regarding the person in question. Our insight and clarity diminish as we cloud out God’s thoughts with the words we speak.
We also run a risk that others will repeat what we say and that it will eventually reach the ears of others. If we wish to be deemed trustworthy, we have to avoid slander so that it doesn’t come back to get us.
Quick Prayer: Keep me free of slander, Jesus. Amen.
“Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.” (Pro 26:10)
There is a saying in business that we should hire slow and fire fast. There is actually a lot of truth in what seems like a flippant and perhaps ruthless saying.
Taking the time to ensure that the people we hire are suitable goes way beyond their resume. Yes, we need to hire someone who is able to technically fulfill the positions requirements, but if we value culture, we will go way beyond that.
Great companies are built on certain values and operate in a particular way. If we do not take these soft attributes into account, we will find that the good technical fit may actually be divisive and counterproductive to the whole.
Quick Prayer: Remind me to hire slow. Amen.