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

Over the Top.

“So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, but even with so many the net was not torn.” (John 21:11)

I love this scripture, for two quite distinct reasons. Firstly God is an abundant provider. The nets weren’t full of ‘just enough for the day’. They weren’t just normal small fish, they were ‘large’; big fat juicy large fish, and in abundance.

Is this what we expect for our workplace? Why not? Are we not in God’s service? Are we not appointed and anointed for a purpose? Has not God appointed us to serve where we are? Is He not the same yesterday, today and forever?

The second aspect is that despite this massive haul of fish, the nets were not damaged. God can enlarge our capacity for a harvest whether that is financially or as fishers of men. We and our businesses can become the vessels that can contain an abundance of all God has for us.

Quick Prayer. “As you bless me Lord enlarge my capacity.” Amen

How straight is your path?

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)

How many times has God helped you out? How many times has He provided for you in your hour of need? Many times He works for our advantage and we are completely unaware.

So what should our response be? How often do we acknowledge Him in what we do, what we say and how we act. We can acknowledge it to Him. Saying thank you to God is an important part.

“Doing life” His way is a major way of acknowledging His Lordship in our lives. Acknowledging His Lordship in our influence and success, or overcoming of life’s problems, is not only a witness but will help align ourselves to His will.

When all is aid and done and we stand before God. The complexity of our journey will be shown to have been a straight path, where we have acknowledged Him and done it His way.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to remember to acknowledge you, in all I do.” Amen

How do we align our thoughts to God’s will?

“Roll your works upon the Lord, commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)

If only my thoughts were aligned to God’s will. Take a look at this scripture. If we cast our works onto Him, commit and trust them to Him, He will make us think along the lines of His will. Why? So that your plans will work, and you will have success!

That is staggering in it’s significance. Trust Him and He will turn our hearts to His will. We know that if we are in His will, He will guide us and lead us. How comforting to know that as we commit our works to Him, He will turn us to not only hear from Him, but our very thoughts become His thoughts. Truly the mind of Christ.

Quick Prayer. “I commit my business to you, please align my thoughts to your will that my plans may succeed.” 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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Generosity?

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” (1 Chronicles 29:14)

God gives us excess to be able to give. He is the ultimate giver, He gave His Son. All we have is His, lets hold on to it knowing that He may have uses for it elsewhere, and be faithful as stewards of all He has given us.

Just as he is generous, so He calls us to reflect His nature. As we spend time with Him and are obedient to His word and promptings we begin to be shaped and moulded by His character.

We ought to be known for our generosity just as He is. We are merely a reflection of His nature and character as we are transformed into His image.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to hold on loosely to all that is yours anyway.” 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

What belongs to you?

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

All that we have, all that we are, all opportunity, relationships and resources, have come from Him. In reality, when we take an eternal perspective, all we have is on loan from our beautiful Creator.

Let’s hold only what we have lightly, as stewards and faithful servants. Imagine a world where we caught the reality of this truth. Were we truly used what we have for the Kingdom.

Quick Prayer. “Lord, I acknowledge that all I have, and all I am, is from you. Use me for your glory.” Amen