All of us have used the term, “let’s get on the same page”, either in business, with our kids, with our spouses, on a sports team, or with someone at work. At times, it seems that part of the team is going one direction while the other part is going the opposite direction. Usually, this is a good time for someone to call a meeting or time-out so everyone can get on the same page.
As owner of a machine shop with about 65 fulltime employees, we normally have a weekly staff meeting to help us all stay on the same page. Our staff consists of eight people and it has been exciting to see our staff pull together to continually improve the way we do business and develop our operating systems. Most recently, we are making changes to insure that orders arrive to our customers on-or-before the agreed delivery date. OUR GOAL IS 100% ON-TIME DELIVERY. This is not an easy task because of the volume of jobs that are going through our shop and the details that are required before a shipment can go out the door.
I want to be sure that I am on the same page with God and His Word, as I make business decisions. I get the feeling from some people that they want God to get on their page, but that is not how God works. I believe these two things must agree as I make decisions and guide my company: 1) Word of God 2) Spirit of God.
I also believe that God responds to faith and not need. We show faith with our words and our actions.
Applying the Word does not take the place of good research and planning. It pains me when I hear someone blame God for not helping in a business situation, when in fact that person didn’t follow sound business practices. Large volumes of Bible study and prayer will not overcome someone that does not understand and apply the basics of business.
Listed below are some lessons I believe to be critical to Marketplace Ministry:
- God wants us to succeed: God has made us more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus.
- God wants us to prosper: Money is only a medium of exchange. It cannot control us, we must control it.
- God sent us the Holy Spirit: Our Helper does not make our decisions but helps.
- God responds to Faith: Need has never moved God and never will.
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