God set the first example of Spirit-led business by creating a world with some awesome resources that are a blessing to its inhabitants. And then He employed Adam as the first worker to take care of them.
Fast forward to the preparation of the arrival of the Israelites into the Promised Land and we see Moses through the Holy Spirit speaking some insightful words over their future. He said:
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
Both the city and the field are synonymous with living and working, so whether you work in agriculture or in administration, God shows His plan is to bless the work of your hands, so much so that the nation you live in is blessed and doesn’t have to borrow from any other.
Why does God care about business? When we look back to Genesis we see that after God finished creating the world, He created the domain of work to maintain His creation and blessing. Business is the vehicle He chose to use to take care of the earth and its inhabitants.
There is also a reflection of our Father passing on to us the possibility of the same sense of satisfaction He felt when He looked at His work and said, ‘It is good.’ We too can feel a sense of satisfaction and pleasure from the work we carry out.
Business in our hands
Today, in our fallen world, business has an even greater function because it is, in the right hands, a vehicle to do good, to lift people from poverty and obscurity, to give them a sense of respect and worth, and to empower them to sustain their own lives and to replicate that family by family. Done right, it shows the glory of God’s righteousness.
The writer Landa Cope, who is the founding dean of the College of Communication for the University of the Nations, says God has an agenda for business. It can be summed up as:
So that His children can be a blessing to others through the creation of goods and services that improve the quality of life where quality of life is missing.
Now, at least to me, this declares His kingdom here on earth. Seeking His righteous as we pursue business will ‘add all these things’ not only to our lives but to the lives of others too.
It is good.
Quoted verses taken from Deuteronomy 28: 3, 12