(Hannah said:) I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life (1 Samuel 1:26, MSG).
Ever prayed for a work-miracle?
Maybe you work for someone else, or you might even be the owner.
Either way, have you asked God to bless the business you work for?
When Hannah received what she was asking for—a child—she dedicated him back to God. She literally left her son with the prophet to grow up as a man of God.
How about you?
Have you dedicated your work to God?
Think of your daily work like this: You are a co-creator with God as you pursue your Divine Design.
Dr. Joey and I keep this Oswald Chambers quote on our desks: “Consecration is the act of continually separating myself from everything except that which God has appointed me to do.”
When you consecrate your work or company, you separate it from everything except what God wants you to do, with a laser-like focus that keeps you in the world, and yet not of the world.
How do you pray for your work and the organization where you spend 70% of your awake time?
If you own it, have you committed your business at the altar like Hannah did Samuel?
Have you offered up your teammates to God and left them in his hands; asking him daily what he wants you to do with them?
What do you think would happen if you took your company’s charter, or some other establishing document in hand and prayed, “Take this business, Lord. I give it to you. Receive all of it. It’s yours now. Use it according to your will”?
Hand your work to God like Hannah did Samuel.
All of it.
Then go to work and ask, “God, how do you want me to use OUR work for YOUR glory?”
Listen as the Spirit tells you.
Experience the blessings as you implement the divine plan.
Enjoy the daily opportunities to be the light of the world.
Consecrate your work.
And watch what God will do that increases your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.
Mike Van Vranken
What opportunity do you hope God offers you as you consecrate your business?