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Walking with God is Good for Business
Scripture reveals that business people can be supernaturally empowered to achieve God’s will. Business is one of God’s tools to bless and provide for His kingdom.

If you’ve grown up in the church you would be aware that there seems to be a hierarchy of callings in God’s kingdom. At the top is usually the pastor; next would be the missionary or evangelist, then the volunteer church workers. Where would business people fit in? Yes, you’re right, near or at the bottom.

When I was in university I was often reminded that pastoring was the highest calling and that Bible college was the most honourable place to study.  

It was very clear that those of us who were in secular schools preparing for secular careers were not ‘called.’ We had somehow missed the cut, didn’t make the draft, held a losing ticket or didn’t qualify.

We felt like we were God’s factory seconds, condemned to a lifetime serving those who were called. Many times I heard that only clergy could be called, the rest of us just found a job. We were only laymen doing secular work, God’s plan B. Our role was to provide the finances for someone else’s vision.

What is the scriptural basis for this hierarchy? There is none! The Bible is very clear that we are all called by God to serve Him full time. We are all in full time ministry no matter how we are paid.

How does God see the value of business people? Let’s look at the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:19-21. In this story the master, representing God, distributed different amounts of money to three servants. They were to look after it while he was away. On his return, the master was very pleased with the servants who doubled their money.

How do you think the servants did it?

The master would not have been pleased if the gains came from gambling or theft. The 100 percent increase seemed too large for interest revenue. The only way they could have doubled their money was through business. The servants used the money in business to reap enormous profits and God was pleased! In fact it seems to me that the servants were actually called by the master to use the money to create profits. That certainly sheds a new light on the concept of what God can call someone to.

Clearly, God can call us to do anything. He wants us to be profitable in everything we do. That makes Him happy. It’s godly to be successful, even to double your money. Let’s look at an event where God performed a business miracle and put a family into the oil business. In 2 Kings 4, a widow told Elisha she was destitute and owed money.

She had no food and was going to die. God could have directed Elisha to give her food or money. Instead, God told her how to start a business. She was told to collect jars, lots of them. God wanted her to think big and not put a limit on her profits. She was able to fill all the jars with oil. The only factor that stopped the flow of oil was the lack of jars. She put a limit on the size of the miracle by how many jars she had gathered.

In other words, her supply of oil was only as large as her vision to get jars. To meet the financial need, God directed her to produce and sell a product. God used supernaturally empowered business to do His will. Business is one of God’s tools to bless and provide for His kingdom.

Do you think God can still intervene and empower business to meet your needs? Of course He can and He wants to help you and your business. You must invite Him into your boardroom, though, and make Him a director if you really want to see miracles happen.

“Remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

Here’s a verse rarely used in sermons. Deuteronomy 8:18, “Remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Your business ability comes from God. It is your calling, gifting and part of your full time ministry. So celebrate that and give it your best effort. You will please the master.

Something else to remember is that as business people, we have contact with more non-Christians than the clergy ever will. We have far more opportunities to represent Jesus to the world than those in vocational ministry. Being in business is a high ministry calling. In Exodus 35:30-38 it describes the calling of two craftsmen who had been supernaturally empowered and anointed to create decorations for the tabernacle.

What would have happened if those two men, having felt a call from God, had presumed that the call was to the priesthood? They would have been terrible priests since they misunderstood the call.

Too many gifted business people have felt a call, left their jobs, gone to seminary and then failed in ministry. Their  call was to business but no one told them that a call to business was even possible. So stop struggling with guilt over being in business rather than ministry.

You are in ministry, a business ministry that God wants to anoint and empower. When we are walking in our gifts, calling and anointing as business people, we have a huge competitive advantage.

When we walk close to God we can hear His voice and sense His direction. We can receive divine insider information with new strategies that position us ahead of the market. The Holy Spirit is the most creative force in the universe. As God’s children, His Spirit lives within us so we have complete access to His creative energy and ideas.

God can give us innovative new ideas and solutions to problems. We can pray about our circumstances and share the stresses with our loving Father. Faith and trust will help us cope with the ups and downs of business. We can unload our fears as our faith increases. We are never walking alone and all things are working together for our good. We can have peace in the storms, which allows us to make better decisions than those who panic. To be really successful in business and to please God, you need to learn to hear His voice.

The greatest key to success in business is in Matthew 6:33. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Make God your priority; learn to hear His voice and you will be a profitable servant, pleasing the master. Yes, walking with God is the best thing you can do for your business.

Dr. Grant Mullen is a mental health physician and author who lectures internationally on the keys to emotional recovery and healthy relationships. He has a special interest in the integration of medical treatment with spiritual and emotional healing models to see people and organizations transformed. Dr. Mullen is the author of Emotionally Free and The Breakthrough Solution, and is the producer of 14 DVD’s. For more information on emotional transformation, and to subscribe to our free video e-newsletter visit www.drgrantmullen.com. Subscribe to Dr. Mullen’s free monthly video podcasts on iTunes or by visiting www.podanza.com.

Emotionally Free
This forthright and compassionate study helps readers identify symptoms of depression and understand three types of treatment: medical, spiritual, and inner healing. Grant Mullen discusses causes of depression, exposes Satan's deceptions, and helps the reader ''reconnect'' head and heart, and learn to trust God in a new way.

The Breakthrough Solution
This book takes you on a fascinating, unpredictable, humorous journey of corporate investigation to find out why a cutting-edge technology company is failing. This light-hearted story shows how paying attention to people’s mental and emotional health is one of the best ways to unleash their power and potential.

Originally published in Business Life, Winter 2007.

 

 
 
 
 

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