1. Glorify God.
We all have the same calling: to glorify God in everything we do. This is why we are all here. Scripture says God created us for His glory (Isa. 43:7) and instructs us to “do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).
Ten scriptural ways we can glorify God:
- Praise Him with your lips. Psalm 63:3
- Obey His Word. Luke 11:28
- Pray in Jesus’ name. John 14:13
- Produce spiritual fruit. Galatians 5:22 – 23
- Remain sexually pure. 1 Corinthians 6 18 – 20
- Seek the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24
- Give generously. 2 Corinthians 9:13
- Live honourably 1 Peter 2:12; Matthew 5:16
- Be faithful when persecuted. 1 Peter 4 v 16
- Face death with faith. John 21:19; Philippians 1:20,21
2. Cultivate God-confidence
Paul reflects on the loss of 24,000 people in a plague (1 Corinthians 10 reflecting on events told in Numbers 25 and 26).
He concludes “These are all warning markers – DANGER! – in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. We are just as capable of messing it up as they were. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence — it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. (1 Cor 10: 11 – 12)
3. Good leadership:
- High ethical standards
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
— James 1:12
With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skilful hand
— Psalm 78:72
- For employees
- For suppliers
- For customers
- For the wider community
Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is hurting, in pain, or has misfortune and is accompanied by a strong desire to help the suffering. Jesus Christ is the greatest example of someone with true compassion. Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
— Isaiah 43:11
- At work
- At home
- Greater risk as the regulatory environment is relaxed
- From fraudulent activity
Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep on going and suffer for it.
— Proverbs 27:12
6. Health and Life
- Covid-19 has limited impact
- Stress and mental health
- Long term health issues
- Other public health problems
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord.
— Jeremiah 30:17
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, just as you are progressing spiritually.
— 3 John 2:2
Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
— 2 Corinthians 4:12
7. Maintenance of supply chains for
- Health services
- Essential supplies
- Utilities and internet
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:19
8. Cash flow: Cash is King in business!
- Government funding paid quickly
- Businesses pay and are paid
- Banks lend
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
— Romans 13:8
9. Good Communication
- Between Government and business
- Between business and employees, customers and suppliers
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
— Colossians 4:6
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
— Ephesians 4:29
10. Failure and Risk
- For those whose businesses fail and have to start again
- For unforeseen risks to businesses, employees and our economy
For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
— Proverbs 24:16
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
— John 15:13
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5,6