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Leadership Lesson

Working by The Book – How do you view work? Is it positive? As an opportunity to be productive? To do good? To be creative? Does work provide you a stimulating challenge, fulfillment, satisfaction? Or is it negative? A burden, drudgery, a source of frustration that spills over into other areas of your life?

Work is a trait of God and was ordained by Him. Adam was created in the image and the likeness of God. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. Genesis 2:15 NKJ Adam had work to do – tend and keep the garden. This was before sin entered the world. Why did God give Adam work to do? Was it because work is good and fulfilling?

When sin entered the world it tainted every area of life including work. Pride, envy, greed, corruption, and exploitation resulting in frustration and stress are the result of sin in the business world. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19 NKJ Work under sin is hard.

So, how do we work since sin has changed the world in which we live? And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. Romans 12:1-2 NKJ

While we can’t go back to the Garden of Eden, in Christ we can be transformed and do our work to the glory of God – doing Business by the Book.

Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. Joshua 1:8 NLT

Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 NLT

Bit of Wisdom

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NLT

Forums Ministry News

CBMC Forums Informational Luncheon for Harford County business owners was cancelled because of weather and is rescheduled for Thursday, Oct 7th, noon – 1:30PM, at Business Machines, 28 E Jarrettsville Rd, Forest Hill MD 21050. Join host Will Chaillou, President of Business Machines, and other business owners as we explore how to run our businesses by The Book. For more information email plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com.

Plan now to attend a Business by the Book Workshop this Fall. Can you host one at your company or church? The following are scheduled –

American Technology Corp. 2330 N Howard St. Baltimore 21218 – Began Thursday Sep 16, Noon – 1:00PM, held every Thursday for 6 Weeks

Mt Pleasant Church Saturday Oct 16, 2010, 8:30AM – Noon

For more information email plantz@cbmc.com

CBMC Coach Training provides Christlike skills for leadership in every area of life. The next training is October 9, 2010, 8:00AM – 4:00PM in Hunt Valley. Plan now to join us! For more information email cwhitmore@cbmc.com

The Forums Ministry journey includes Business by the Book Workshops, BBB Groups, and Forum Groups. For more information email plantz@cbmc.com or dmoyer@cbmc.com.