“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” 1 Peter 4:10 ESV
One of the most challenging business decisions to make is accepting God’s offer of joining Him in his work. Until then, we operate under the illusion of self-sufficiency. Especially those of us who are wired with specific talents and abilities to capture the economic opportunities in the marketplace.
This is generally why a person is not satisfied with his first million or billion; or the person seeking intimacy through more sexual conquests; or the parent that feeds their internal self-image through the accomplishments of their children manipulating them for his or her personal desires rather than what is best for them.
Generally because of an internal motivation usually caused by some traumatic event early in life, we are driven to pursue a course thinking that the outcome will satisfy our inner hunger. However after we arrive, we find our self still hungry or hurting. Then in our blindness we continue for more, thinking it is because we don’t have enough that we still hunger and hurt.
Only after a person comes to the realization that God owns it all and only lends us resources for our good AND for the good of others, will we appreciate the vastness of His domain and influence in our life. The Bible reiterates that God owns it all. That as children working in the family business under His domain, we acknowledge his authority in our life. We gladly provide the hands and feet in joint partnership with his resources to serve, to grow, and to flourish with others under the domain that he has given us.
That domain may just be one person. Or that domain may be a family; or an organization, community, or national chair. No matter the size of our responsibility, when the realization we are in a joint venture working with the King of Kings to restore this planet to His original intent, accountability takes on a greater meaning than just satisfying ourselves.
When money comes before God, Houston has a problem (as NASA would state). When God is there only to serve your money dilemmas, Houston has a problem. However, when we accept our role in the Kingdom of God as a bond-servant to the Lord, we are glad to offer our services to further His purposes. We are thankful for the opportunity to express the talents and abilities He has bestowed upon us for His glory.
At the end of day, we acknowledge that all the wealth, treasures, and bank accounts are his. We are only his stewards. We provide the hands and feet, he provides the resources. Together we share a life experience. We of course get the best side of the deal as He gladly bestows His grace upon us for his namesake.
Rooting For You in Christ!
Consultant, Coach, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married