In Proverbs we read that “The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed; … Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper”- Prov 11:10-11 NLT.
How are upright citizens good for a city or organization? By being faithful stewards of God’s blessings on their life.
What does success look like for a Christian? One way a Christian is successful is when they have used their skills and talents wisely to accomplish the vision God has given them, while keeping their eyes always fixed on Christ.
When you keep your eyes fixed on Christ, you see the Son of God who humbled himself; who came not to be served, but to serve. You are a faithful steward of God’s blessings when you are motivated by God’s love to serve those around you. You don’t need to take shortcuts, play politics or practice manipulations to ‘get results’. Rely on the power of the Holy Spirit so that you can say “I have served to the glory of God” no matter what the outcome is.
God’s vision for your life is how you, with your unique skills, abilities and personality can contribute to flourishing of lives in one small corner of God’s creation. God’s vision for your life is not defined by your past or by what the world around you says. God’s vision for your life is bigger than you. God’s vision for your life is all about seeing God’s creation flourish.
For some of you God’s vision for your life may be something life changing like being an encourager through words, deeds and actions. For others of you God’s vision for your life may be the high and holy calling of raising your family or caring for an aging parent. For some of you God’s vision for your life may be to lead a large or small successful business venture so that lives can flourish. For others God’s vision for your life may be to create beauty through words, art, architecture, numbers, music or in countless other ways.
Many times, the vision God has for a person’s life, is to be an integral part of a bigger initiative.
As Francis Shaeffer once said, there are no little people, and no little places in God’s Kingdom. Engineers, accountants, waiters and baristas be inspired by God’s vision for your life. Your role in your organization is important so that your co-workers, suppliers and customers can flourish.
You might be wondering – what if I work in a company where the leadership appears to be motivated by money or self-interests; or what if I work in a toxic environment?
You are not accountable before God for the motives or behaviors of the leadership of your company. You are only accountable before God to be following God’s vision for your life. You are only accountable before God for bearing the fruit of the Spirit where you are working. It’s not easy, but you can through the power of the Holy Spirit be a well-watered garden bearing the fruit of the Spirit even in dark and toxic places.
God is a God of abundance, not of scarcity. God has promised to supply all you need to be who He created you to be, and to do what he created you to do. Out of His infinite storehouses of riches, God will abundantly and lovingly supply you with all the wisdom, strength, grace, mercy and love you need to be an ever-flowing spring of blessing to God’s creation.
The Lord will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.
Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.
Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls.