It is easy to forget during the daily challenges of building a business, working for someone else, and going after “the sale,” that everything we do is to be done for God, under God’s guidance and in His service. This world was created by God and corrupted by man, so the temptations, distractions and practices of the “typical” activity of a busy life can overwhelm our best intentions and our worship.
What confuses our behaviors and intentions is that we have the tendency to separate our work from our worship. The key to staying in God’s will is to first seek to know it, then to do everything within that will. If we work in places where we are the only Christian we have the opportunity to witness through our actions and behaviors. I know from experience how isolating it can be to work in a business where the “normal” behavior that is exhibited is far from Godly. However, in the difficulty of working in a hostile environment, we have to cling more tightly to God.
However, if we own our own business, then we can set the tone and the expectations of behaviors. We can establish policies, procedures, and standards of performance that while they do not require an employee to be a Christian or a person of faith, but will encourage behavior that is consistent with the beliefs and commandments God has given us. We can, through our businesses, establish a workplace of worship.
Many are held captive by the desire to belong and be one of the crowd. If the crowd is ungodly, then being alone with God is much more desirable. In the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, we learn about the struggles between being a child of God and following him or surrendering to the world and becoming captive to our sins.
Our work is the way we make a living, but is also the way we can bring others to the living God. Workplace worship, ministry, and witnessing is the way we are meant to reach those who would never step foot inside a church, who know of God, but do not know Him personally. So get to work!
2 Chronicles 31:21 (NKJV)
21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.
Author: Lea A. Strickland, MBA CMA CFM CBM GMC
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