In our Back to the Basics theme this year there's no better place to start than the simple, yet difficult, concept that God owns it all. Many of us mouth the words and know in our head that this statement is true, but we have a difficult time moving the concept into our heart and letting it flow through our actions.
At a Business by the Book seminar I was teaching years ago in Michigan I met a doctor who claimed to have attended the very first Business by the Book seminar taught by Larry Burkett many years before. Larry had taught the Apostle Paul's edict against being unequally yoked, but over the years this doctor drifted into investing in many partnerships with people who did not hold to the same values as he did.
During the session when I discussed the subject of being unequally yoked, this doctor shared with the group that this teaching really convicted him, because he knew better, but violated this principle many times since that first seminar. As I recall, he claimed that he was currently in 8 or 9 different partnerships.
He went on to say, "Some of my partnerships are with solid Christians, but several are with people who do not believe as I do. As I just did some mental calculations, I realized that every one of the partnerships I'm in with non-believers are losing money and have been a huge drain on me emotionally. I wish I would have heeded God's Word years ago."
Maybe you aren't looking for a partner or for cash for your business right now, but you do have an opportunity each day to decide whether or not you're going to allow God to have control over your work or your business.
Psalm 24:1-2 teaches, "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it, for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters."
Whether you like it or not, God is in control. You can cooperate and obediently follow His wise path, or you can do it the hard way. It's your choice.
What are examples of areas in your work life where you find it hard to release control to God?
Tue, January 10, 2012
by Rick Boxx filed under