If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? (Psalm 127:1-2, MSG)
As a Christian business person, do you ever pursue a strategy or head off in a direction at work that makes sense to you, have it go sideways—nothing like what you anticipated—and only then ask God for help?
Yea, me, too.
It’s kinda like closing the gate after the cows got out. “Not a good choice” my dairy-farmer Grandfather used to say.
What are the results when you first pray for direction, follow God’s leadership, and execute accordingly? What’s the difference in outcomes?
Qualitative and quantitative improvement, right? Better and more of it?
King David ruled over a vast empire known as Israel. He was a leader in commerce, a commander-in-chief in battle, a supervisor of construction projects, and was even known to get so excited that he danced in worship, wearing little more than a Speedo.
Like you and me, he determined direction and gave leadership to the discernment and implementation processes. Like you and me, he headed down dead-end paths to his own detriment and that of the company of Israel. And like you and me, he discovered that praying, following, and executing with God has benefits beyond anything we can do alone.
Here are 3 Benefits of Working Faith Positive with God:
First, working Faith Positive with God makes for better results.
David notes that when you build your business without God, the book of business you build is just a shack. Your efforts divorced from God’s direction produce meager results.
Flip the equation to add God’s direction and the shack becomes a Taj Mahal.
God can do anything, you know, Paul tells the Ephesians, more than you can imagine, guess, or request in your wildest dreams.
Better results happen in your work when you pray, follow, and execute the divine plan as you work Faith Positive with the Creator of the Cosmos.
Second, working Faith Positive with God makes for better balance.
Ever notice how when you chase your own business plan separated from God that you work harder than normal? That the flow is just not there?
David testifies from personal experience that It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone.
When you burn the candle at both ends and in the middle, you are off balance. Your productivity decreases. Your profitability lessens. Your personal life sucks.
When you pray, follow, and execute the divine plan for your work that God wants you get more done in less time, make more money with less effort, and make a life, too.
Working Faith Positive with God makes for better balance.
Third, working Faith Positive with God makes for better rest.
Rest eludes you when you head off in a direction at work that only makes sense to you. You lie down and your mind won’t shut off. You wake up with night terrors at 3AM. You can’t sit still and enjoy time with your loved ones.
King David discovered, . . . [God] enjoys giving rest to those he loves.
Think about it from God’s perspective. He loves you and wants the very best work has to offer you. So of course he enjoys—that’s right, God enjoys—giving you rest.
Even God took a day of rest from creation work. Creator God enjoyed rest and wants you to enjoy this precious gift also.
Working Faith Positive with God makes for better rest.
So the next time you’re tempted to pursue a strategy or head off in a direction at work that makes sense to you without praying, following, and executing God’s plan, ask yourself:
Do I want better results? Better balance? Better rest?
Then work Faith Positive with God and increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.
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