‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth’
Isn’t it beautiful that the Holy Bible begins with us reverencing God as creator? He could have been revered as Abba, Deliverer and many other great names however instead He choose creator. Why? Why would such a great and unexplainable God desire to be known as creator to His people, His children first?
Creativity first hand reflects His glory, His effortless ways of painting the world in beauty. Think about it. The beautiful array of stars you see as you gaze upon the nights’ sky, the way the sun kisses the ocean during its stormiest of waves. God himself is a creative and pours himself out through creativity.
‘The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiworks’
Though God is a creator we also know Him as King, or what people commonly express ‘the King of Kings’. Every King demands their honour but only ONE is deserving of that honour and that is King Jesus. Honour is regarding something or someone in high respect or to physically show your value for something or someone through your actions.
In all things, the Lord requires us to honour Him and submit to Him as described in Colossians 3:17. We are to do all whether in action or in deed in glory of God. Therefore, everything we do is for the glory of God. To bury a gift that the Lord has given you rather than using it to glorify Him is wickedness (Matthew 25:14-30).
So now when it comes to honouring God, Business is an amazing stream for us to do this as it allows us to physically give back unto God by sowing into His Kingdom. Though businesses can be for either profit or non-profit our motives behind these businesses are what remains important.
God is the HEAD of your business
God is not only the master of all creativity but He is also a God of wisdom that understands the dynamics of business. This means that it is an obligation of yours to honour Him through the streams of creativity he has blessed you with. When you begin to see the Lord as the CEO of your business as Tiphany Montgomery would say, He will begin to teach you on how to use your creativity effectively for His glory.
Cultivate your gifts
To cultivate is to nurture and perfect the gifts that He has given unto you. Your creativity is a gift that God has given you and with each gift comes a responsibility to use it for His glory. It is one thing to be a creative and it is another to master your craft. In business cultivating your creative gifts not only give your business an edge but it allows the Lord to freely manifest Himself through your business. It’s important to keep presenting your gift to God and making Him the centre of your business and watch Him multiply your creative streak! Remember He is a God of excellence, He desires for us to reflect his excellence in all things. He requires for us to perfect our craft or our skills in Him.
Honour is important to God because his son died for it. The bible speaks about Jesus dying but as he rose again he gave gifts onto men. For someone to choose not to cultivate their gift and not invest in it to produce something for the glory of God is indeed dishonour and rebellion. A talent that is buried is useless but a skill that is utilized displays the glory of God who gives to all those special abilities, talents and creative skills.
1 Timothy 4:14-15 tells us that a gift can be neglected if not immersed into it completely. What use is a gift if it cannot testify to others about the glory of God?
Ecclesiastes 9:10-11 explains that whatever we find our hands to do we should do well.
Using your creativity within your business is to express yourself or express the message of the gospel through the stream that God has appointed you. If at least one person’s life is changed or heart is touched through your business then your profit is made! As Jesus said the harvest is ready but the labourers are few which is why I choose to be a labourer of love for his kingdom through using something so universal as creativity to honour God. That does not mean that your business has no be non-profit because we all know that we do need money in the kingdom. The difference with our businesses is that our drive and our goal is not money but the work of God through us to transform the lives of other people. Money is a resource.
Here are 9 ways to PRACTICALLY honour God in your business;
- Change your perspective! Desire to see all things through the lens of Jesus Christ.
- Connect with those that share your vision and can therefore push it to where God intends it to be with you.
- Write down the goals for your business!
- Have regular ‘business meetings’ with God in his presence. Many times what we think is a ‘God idea’ is just a ‘good idea’ not that there is anything wrong with the idea but allow the Holy Spirit to examine it.
- Be Holy. Be the example you want to see. I’m sure your business is there to either impact or change the world in a sense. Be the standard that Christ desires to see through your business!
- Watch your mouth. Your mouth has power. Do not allow your mouth to be a hindrance to where God wants to take your business.
- Do not be afraid of change but follow the Holy Spirit as He leads you.
- Have FAITH! I’m 100% certain that this vision is way bigger than you but nothing in this world can ever be as BIG as GOD.
- REST! Allow God to do what He wants to do with you not getting in the way.