October 11, 2014

Business As Mission

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 11, 2014

Paul went to see them [Pricilla and Aquila], and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Acts 18:2b-3

Business is an excuse to be an excellent example of a Jesus follower. It is a professional platform to perform good deeds and exhibit integrity in business interactions. The sacred and secular are partners in business—a kingdom mission models actions that speak louder than words. When work exceeds the industry standard, people begin to ask “Why?” Indeed, a company that acknowledges Christ as the owner is positioned for God’s favor. Do the values of our company mirror the heart of Jesus? Are honesty, humility, and hard work embraced as everyday virtues to live out? Are team members quick to serve, find solutions, and give positive feedback?

If our work culture reflects the character of Christ, we will attract team members with the character, competency, and chemistry to grow His company. Great people are not motivated by money alone, but by a mission much greater than themselves. Greatness comes to a company with a greater purpose. Therefore, give time off for team members to invest in their marriages and travel on mission trips. Grow leaders who will pour into their teams. Dedicate your company to Christ. He will determine your steps for success.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

Related Readings: Exodus 32:16; Jeremiah 31:33; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8

Taken from the October 11th reading in our new book, The Way of Wisdom: A Journey Towards Spiritual Growth, released October 1st! Order your copy today.

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Comments

  1. Rob Marbury says:

    Thanks for the reminder/affirmation. I love how you bring up the team. My staff of 8 are all believers. Although we don’t have that as a policy, they’ve “found their way” to us and we are all growing together — from ages 22-to-82! Not long ago, they started a “prayer requests” list on a whiteboard in the common area and they keep it updated. Some clients and vendor have asked about it, or commented, “that’s a good idea!” I am blessed!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Rob~
      Thank you so much for sharing with us about your wonderful staff and how you all are “growing together”. That is awesome!! And what an amazing age range in your staff: so much wisdom in that span of years. What a gift that must be for all of you. I think that you summed it up when you said “I am blessed”! Yes, you are and so are they!
      We are so thankful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter and hope to hear from you again soon. Please let us know how your staff (and you) are doing and how God is blessing your company. I can only imagine that you all are shining His Light to your clients and vendors. Praise God!
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne

      “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

  2. Stephanie says:

    somehow I ran across your devos, now my 16 yr old daughter reads it EVERY morning before she gets out of bed! Thank you for sharing His wisdom with our family.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Stephanie~
      Thank you so much for taking the time to email us and let us know that both you and your daughter are reading the devotionals! I will pass that on to Boyd. We are so thankful that you both are fellow wisdom hunters. We love that you are being blessed by the devotionals and give all the Glory to God.
      We look forward to hearing from you again sometime. Blessings o you and your family.
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne


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