Redefine Business as “Stewardship”
Classic economics states that business is "the organized efforts and activities of individuals to produce and sell goods and services for profit."
Let me suggest an alternative.
A business that seeks to operate on biblical principles realizes quickly that they exist for a greater purpose -- glorify God, create ongoing wealth, and service the community. Or, to put it more succinctly, “the purpose of business is to redeem work for God’s glory". This creates a business purpose with eternal objectives.
America’s economy is built on and with small businesses. Of the 28 million businesses in the USA, 22 million are considered small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. But they hold up the fabric America.
Some say what makes America great is its education system, military, health care, government or economy. In my opinion, small businesses owners who serve others is what makes America great. They aren’t selfish, money hungry owners. They are servants to their customers and constituents. These are on the front lines daily providing jobs, enriching communities, strengthening the country. They are the ones who are making America great again. These are our true shepherds caring for the flock, all for a greater purpose.
Is America declining? Is the moral and ethical backbone eating at the core of this nation? To make America great again, we must care about its people again. We must care about small business owners who make America great.
You can change lives when you see yourself as a steward committed to a greater purpose, a greater cause than money or self. It all changes when our mindset is committed to a greater purpose -- something eternal. Proverbs 16:3 (ESV) says, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
One of the foundational principles of Truth At Work is this - God owns it all, we are stewards of what He has entrusted to us, and we will give an account of this when Christ returns. We are to use all our resources for His glory, not ours. This is stewardship. Many Christians don’t understand the concept stewardship. We think “stewardship” is about giving money to church or having accurate accounting. Unfortunately, that is a narrow view.
“Stewardship is “"utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation." (Charles Bugg, “Stewardship”.)
Essentially, we are managers of God’s possessions, all of which He owns, as a redemptive work.
It is not the bank account but the heart that makes us strong. A heart changed will make America strong, anchored in principles that shape the very foundation of our nation. We cannot survive with an inward, selfish focus. We must look beyond ourselves and have an eternal focus.
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