And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52

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Today let’s look at a snapshot of Jesus when He was young.  Starting in verse 41 we see a Jesus as a 12 year old.  Let’s see what we can learn about growth from Him for our lives.

The setting of this story is a yearly festival called Passover.  Jesus went through the festival just like everyone else.  Yet after the festival young Jesus stays behind.  He is found in the temple courts listening and asking questions.

His parents come back to find Him there and they are concerned because they missed Him and were worried.  Jesus’ answer was profound, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

Jesus may have only been 12 at the time, but we can learn a lot from this small passage of scripture.  Even as a child He knew His purpose was to do God’s will.

First, Jesus followed the customs of His people.  He readily joined in the celebrations and worshiped God along with His family.  But, this tradition was not enough for Jesus.  He wanted more.

He stayed behind to learn more.  He sat among the experts who knew more than He did.  He listened to how they taught.  He even asked questions of those people and expected an answer.

As Christian business owners, we are usually the top-dog in our businesses.  Everyone looks up to us.  If we want to grow, we must get out of our comfort zone and get around those from whom we can learn.  We must find the experts and those who are in line with God.  We must commit to learn always.

Jesus asked questions.  Even as an adult in the midst of His ministry here on earth we see Him always asking questions.  There is power in questions.  We seek to understand, learn and grow.  We help others see the truths around them and we are found to be open to what God is doing.

We must not get caught up in doing what we have always done.  We must open our lives up to God and what He wants for us.  Jesus went directly to God’s house.  He asked questions and listened for answers.

If you want to grow, ask questions, listen for answers and always be about your Father’s business.  Find time to really seek out what God wants for your life and your business.  Follow these steps and you will grow like Jesus did here on earth.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

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This is one of my favorite Psalms.  It really gets to the heart of who we are in our relationship with Christ.  It is a cry from David about repentance, but it is more than that, it’s a raw peak into a life calling out to God.

David starts out asking for mercy.  He reminds himself of God’s great compassion.  He then confesses his sin and recognizes that his sin is ultimately sin against God.

In verse 6, he acknowledges that God wants faithfulness even from birth.  He asks to be cleansed whiter than snow so that he can hear joy and gladness again.

In verse 11, he wants to be in God’s presence and asks for a restoration of his salvation.  He will use this restoration to teach others.  He will open his mouth and praise God.  His sacrifice will be a broken sprit which will restore his righteousness.

I suggest reading this Psalm over a few times to really capture the richness of David’s plight before God.  He had no way to restore what he did when he sinned.  He cried out to God in total rawness of who he was before the God of the universe.

In our broken world, it is easy to get discouraged or even to become depressed.  Sin can distract us from our relationship with God and all that we do in our lives will become tainted by that action.  Our goal should be to release that sin in repentance and line our lives up with God once again.

As business owners, we lead others.  God wants us to have a right spirit so that we may ‘teach transgressors’ God’s way.  He wants us to declare His praises with everything we are and all that we do.

God knows we are not perfect, but we must be perfect in coming back to our right relationship with God.  We must constantly make those mid-course adjustments to get on the path God has set out for us.

If you fall down, get up, dust yourself off and get back on God’s path. He wants to guide you and restore the joy of your salvation.  You must only turn to Him with all you are and like David, cry out for restored righteousness.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Sharing your faith in your business or personal life means you are talking from one heart to another.

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When we share our faith we try to remember the right words to say or we follow a script.  Sharing your faith is just allowing your heart to talk to another heart.  God will guide you in what to say if you are speaking from one heart to another.  That is what the Holy Spirit does in your life.

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Focus on each person instead of focusing on sales.

 

Christian business focus on people

 

If we really want to grow our businesses, we need to focus on the soul behind each purchase.  People buy from people and when they know we care about them, they will come to us for the sale.  It seems backwards, but contrarian thinking usually does.  Focus on the person (individual) and the sales (plural) will happen.

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Giving as Christians

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Here is a quick reminder that when we give gifts at Christmas or any other time of the year, we should focus on the person, their needs, instead of on what our wallet tells us.  A five dollar gift may be just as powerful as a hundred dollar gift if it is given with thoughtfulness and prayer focused on the needs or the receiver.

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Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

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You have probably heard this verse before, but you may not have taken time to go through the whole Psalm.  There is a rich wealth of wisdom from this one passage that you may miss if you just stick to this one verse.  Let’s look at the rest of this chapter.

We are immediately reminded that those who do evil will not last.  You can look at the news to see how many corporations tried to get away with things and got caught.  We live by a higher level integrity.  We trust in God and have our delight in Him not in money.

In verse 5, we are told to commit our ways to the Lord.  That word in the original language means to ‘roll away.’  Think about that for a moment. We are to roll away our problems, our business and our worries to God.  Let Him take care of the things we cannot because ultimately it is His business.

In verse 7 we are reminded to be still before God and wait on Him.  We are to entrust ourselves totally to Him so that He can guide us.  We are not to worry about others who succeed.  We should not get angry about the success of others because we know that if people truly succeed it is because God allows it.

In verse 11 we are told to be meek.  The original word was more akin to being bowed down.  We are told when we bow down before God and submit to Him we will enjoy peace and prosperity.

Don’t get distracted by the word prosperity.  We are to put forth the effort that God tells us.  We must take action and be obedient to God.  When He says move, we should move.  You can read verse 14-15 to see what God does to those who rely on wicked schemes instead of solid biblical principles for their business.

In verse16 we are reminded to be happy with what we have.  We may not be ready for millions, but when we are, God will uphold us in His righteousness.  Our inheritance will endure forever.  Even when times get tough those who trust in God will enjoy plenty.

In verse 21, we are told to be generous and always pay our debts.  God will guide out steps when we stay on path with Him.  Though we stumble, we will not fall because God’s hand upholds us.

David continues the next section with His observations about how much God blessed those who trust in Him.  I verse 34 he sums it up, “Hope in the Lord and keep His way.  He will exalt you.”

All success comes from God.  He will bless us when we fully trust in Him.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Prayer for the Beginning of the Year

 

beginning of year prayer for businessDear God, my CEO who knows my future.

Thank you for bringing me to a new year.

Thank you for the blessings and lessons from last year.

I want to consecrate this year to you.  It is Your year.

Every decision I make will be guided by your wisdom working in my life.

Help me to set goals that line up with Your goals.

Help me to set plans that put me on the path where you want me.

Guide me to step only when You say and not get ahead of what you have for me.

God, you are my CEO.  I will meet with you every morning for your guidance.

Please help me to hear you ever clearer as I grow in my business and my faith.

With this new year, I honor you, God.

To You be the glory, honor and praise.

Amen

 

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end of year prayer for businessPrayer for the End of the Year.

 

Dear God of my life, you are the CEO of my business.

You are the Commander in Chief of all that I do.

You are my only boss.

First let me apologize for leaving you out of my business plans in any way this year.

I release my business to you.  Everything that happened this year is finished.

As I review this last year, let me see how you guided me and what lessons I need to learn.

Every good thing that happened is because of you.  I give You the honor.

Everything rough is because of the world I live in and the decision I made.

Let me see your guiding hand in the rough times and take wisdom with me into the next year.

Let me learn from you how I can do better this next year.

Thank you for allowing me the blessing you gave me this year.

Amen

 

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business prayer

Christian business Christmas prayer

 

Christmas prayer for businessDear God, You are the CEO of my business.

You are the reason we have Christmas.

Thank You for sending your Son.

I want to thank You for what you have done for me.

I want to thank You for my business, my family and my community.

As we get closer to Christmas, may I focus on You even more.

May my business always honor you, especially in this Christmas season.

May I not focus on sales, but may I focus on souls.

May I not focus on gifts, but focus on the gift of Christ.

Allow me to influence others for you.

Let me be your peace, hope and love to the world around me.

Help me to understand your plan for me at Christmas.

Thank You for leading me.

And, thank You again for sending Your Son that we may celebrate Christmas.

Amen

 

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Should Christmas be different for Christians in business?

As Christians, we must look at how we do things throughout the year, not just at Christmas.  I love that this time of year everyone is nice and everyone becomes more caring, but isn’t that just the rest of the world doing what Christians should already be doing?  Watch the video and see if you want to think differently about Christmas.