There are those who are in business and there are those who serve in the kingdom of God and also have a business. They do not look at it as a ministry. This is simply what they do to make money. There are those who hide their Christianity for one reason or another from their business partners or consumers. They don’t believe that they should bring their bible to their jobs. They have not come to the understanding that as a believer they are first citizens of God’s glorious kingdom before they are black, white, Baptist, Lutheran, COGIC, a husband, a wife, or a business owner. There is an indelible mark on the believer that separates him or her from the world. God has rescued them and earmarked them for purpose, How is it that the lifted hands serve as a sign of giving God glory and honor, but in the workplace or in the career there are no such signs?
Of course one does not have to signify the right hand of fellowship among co-workers and no one needs to keep a spare Bible at their desk to hit folks with. But there are a few other signs that should beacon forth like a sunrise greeting this side of the earth. The illumination should fill up what was darkness and this very darkness departs as though it were never there. It was never there because the sun takes over like a nation conquering a small island. Let me give it plainly. There needs to be some sort of evidence in our lives that causes others to notice that there is something “different” about us.
Yes, there should be some evidence in our lives serving as a witness. This witness comes in the form of our work ethic, character, and fruit. The Bible says, “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
Many are not evidencing this fruit. I am sure there are many reasons why, but for the purpose of this gathering of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, I will not be delving into those reasons. We hear a lot about integrity. Psalm 41:12 says, “As for me, You uphold me in my integrity and you set me in Your presence forever.” Integrity is what brings in clients. It is what separates “the men from the boys.” Running your business, ministry, or personal life has to be based on your inner and core beliefs. God is obligated to uphold us in our integrity. Obligated.
His integrity is not in question, but rather it is ours. All that we do must reflect His kingdom. Seeking Him first and all His righteousness is what brings in “all these things.” We are waiting to be “added to.” Some sadly, do not understand the process of success. The word integrity means different things to different people, but to God, it means one thing. It means completeness, innocence, and fullness. This means that there is no compromise. It comes from a root word in Hebrew that means and represents what the high priest used to find out Gods will known as, Tummiym. Most understand this as the Urim and the Thummim. Interestingly, this was on the breastplate of the high priest which was over the heart area.
Exodus 28:30 Insert the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chest piece so they will be carried over Aaron’s heart when he goes into the LORD’s presence. In this way, Aaron will always carry over his heart the objects used to determine the LORD’s will for his people whenever he goes in before the LORD.
We as believers have a duty to make sure that the light that is in us is not darkness. (Luke 11:34-35) God wants us to fulfill our purposes-intentionally. Yes, we want the clients and their businesses, but our first order of business is to be the word in action. Holy Spirit is inspecting our fruit and checking our heart condition. Are we in His will or in our own way? If people were to look closer at you would they find Christ? The Bible tells us that he who wins souls is wise. And Wisdom has spoken and raised her voice to the sons of men and advised to “Come up here.”
It is wise to understand that even in the midst of our businesses and encounters with people we are divinely positioned to either be one that plants or waters.
1 Corinthians 3:7-9Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 So neither is the one who plants nor the one who waters anything, but [only] God who causes the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one [in importance and esteem, working toward the same purpose]; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers [His servants working together]; you are God’s cultivated field [His garden, His vineyard], God’s building.
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