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Biblical Business Principle
Last week we focused on Vision: Seeing Beyond the Present. Are you a visionary leader in your workplace?
This week we will focus on Work. What was God’s plan for man’s work before Adam sinned and the Fall?
The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it. Genesis 2:15 NLT Adam had work to do, tend and care for the garden God had created and placed him in.
Going back to Genesis 1, we read – So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them. God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.” And God said, “Look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given all the grasses and other green plants to the animals and birds for their food.” And so it was. Genesis 1:27-30 NLT Adam was to multiply, fill and subdue the Earth. Adam was assigned to be over the fish, birds and animals God had created. God had provided seed bearing plants and fruit trees for Adam’s food and food for the animals. And the LORD God planted all sorts of trees in the garden — beautiful trees that produced delicious fruit. Genesis 2:9a NLT This sounds like Adam had a trouble free life.
And the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who will help him.” So the LORD God formed from the soil every kind of animal and bird. He brought them to Adam to see what he would call them, and Adam chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, birds, and wild animals. But still there was no companion suitable for him. Genesis 2:18-20 NLT Adam’s job description included naming the animals. God gave Adam creative work to do, but God knew Adam needed more than just the work, he needed another human do interact with – relationship.
Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way. This all happened on the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 NLT. Adam had work to do, and a close relationship with God that included walking with Him in the cool of the evening! What an ideal setup. How close does your work and relationship with God matchup with Adam’s?
Next week we’ll look at work after the Fall.
Bit of Wisdom
Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
Paul Lantz, CBMC
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