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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Purpose. Do you have a firm grasp on your purpose? Do you sense it is aligned with God’s purpose?
This week we will focus on the Is Be / Can Be Ratio. (What we are compared to what we can be?) How close are you to your ideal? What is your standard for the ideal? How close are you to your God given potential in your business and personal life?
What would Jesus do (WWJD) is a good question to ask yourself, but Jesus didn’t run a business in 2013! Perhaps better is, “Jesus, what do You want me to do?”
In one sense, we can never fully reach our potential. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 NLT
A great promise is – What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31 NLT
I made notes earlier in the week on this subject, then today I read the following from My Utmost for His Highest. It says a lot on this subject.
Reaching Beyond Our Grasp
Where there is no revelation [or prophetic vision], the people cast off restraint . . . —Proverbs 29:18
There is a difference between holding on to a principle and having a vision. A principle does not come from moral inspiration, but a vision does. People who are totally consumed with idealistic principles rarely do anything. A person’s own idea of God and His attributes may actually be used to justify and rationalize his deliberate neglect of his duty. Jonah tried to excuse his disobedience by saying to God, “. . . I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm” (Jonah 4:2). I too may have the right idea of God and His attributes, but that may be the very reason why I do not do my duty. But wherever there is vision, there is also a life of honesty and integrity, because the vision gives me the moral incentive.
Our own idealistic principles may actually lull us into ruin. Examine yourself spiritually to see if you have vision, or only principles.
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?
“Where there is no revelation [or prophetic vision]. . . .” Once we lose sight of God, we begin to be reckless. We cast off certain restraints from activities we know are wrong. We set prayer aside as well and cease having God’s vision in the little things of life. We simply begin to act on our own initiative. If we are eating only out of our own hand, and doing things solely on our own initiative without expecting God to come in, we are on a downward path. We have lost the vision. Is our attitude today an attitude that flows from our vision of God? Are we expecting God to do greater things than He has ever done before? Is there a freshness and a vitality in our spiritual outlook?
How is your Is Be / Can Be Ratio? Are you just doing without a vision for what can be? Have you accepted your is be without keeping your can be in focus?
Over the next several weeks we will explore Biblical Standards for Business.
Bit of Wisdom
And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans *:27-28 NLT
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