Have you ever heard this phrase? "God bless the work of your hands." If you have listened to KBWomen Radio in the past (a show I host on www.blogtalkradio.com/kbwomen Mondays at 9am Pacific), you have probably heard me say it. Recently, I was thinking more about that concept, and God showed me something that is applicable to us as businesswomen.
I believe that God has created us for a good work, in Christ, as explained in Ephesians 2:10. Some of us have work within ministries, churches and non-profits where we see an obvious connection between our work and God's Kingdom. Many of us operate businesses that are not an obvious connection, but as we dig deeper, we'll realize we're helping others manage some kind of blessing from God (money, home, health, children, message, their businesses, developing their gifts, etc.).
For example, I am co-owner of Creative Force Press, a publishing company that helps people write and publish books. We are not a ministry, although my perspective is that we use our skills and knowledge to help people steward and release the messages, wisdom and stories God has given them. If you think on it for a moment, you could also make the connection between your work and God's purposes.
Either way, secular or ministry, we can simultaneously do good work in the natural (fair, good quality, with integrity, responsible, etc.) and do good work for the Kingdom of God (encourage, show love, be Christ-like, generosity, pray, etc.). You know this already; but here's something you may not have thought about:
The results of the work of our natural hands is consumed, but our Spirit/Kingdom work is never consumed. In fact, it increases, and that is exciting!
Think about what our natural work requires and its' results: sweat, time, equipment, effort, etc., that produces money, fame, a physical product, etc. Each of these is expended or spent, and are temporary, existing only for the here and now. In a sense, and literally in some cases, our results get eaten; consumed. For example, we get our pay, then turn around and spend it on physical needs (mortgage, food, clothing, entertainment, repairs). The effort and time we put forth to do the work is gone.
Now think about what we do as it relates to the Kingdom of God. When we sow our natural abilities and resources into Kingdom work, it expands. Anything we sow into, we are causing it to increase. Things we do for the Kingdom cause an increase, and that is what Jesus expects of His stewards (as seen in the parable of the talents - Matthew 25).
When we pray for someone (even in a work situation), we request God's hand to be at work in their life. This is a form of Kingdom increase.
When we partner with events, organizations, campaigns and efforts of other groups who support Kingdom work - even with lending our skills, time and/or knowledge to them - the Kingdom is increased.
When we counsel someone to push past fear because we perceive God has a mission for them, we do Kingdom work.
- When we work on projects for clients (such as authors, pastors, counselors, non-profits, artists, investors, etc.) who God is using, we're working to increase the Kingdom.
- When we invite someone to come to church or to understand who Jesus is, we advance the Kingdom's purposes.
- When we give money to ministry organizations, we are increasing the Kingdom.
These are just a few ways our work seeds the Kingdom. I want you to understand that everything you do to advance the Kingdom will cause an increase: spiritually for sure, and potentially manifesting in the natural as well!
I hope you find that concept interesting! May God bless the (Kingdom and natural) work of your hands!
by Krista Dunk, firstname.lastname@example.org