“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” Hebrews 6:7-8
As graduation season winds down, big changes are in store for those who have celebrated commencements, as well as their friends and family. I recently attended a ceremony where the graduates were challenged to leave the world a better place. To demonstrate, the speaker used the analogy of going camping and finding a messy campsite. In that case, the answer to “how would you leave it better” was pretty simple.
What about our lives as Christians in business? What can we be doing that will leave the world, or at least the little slice of life that is within our sphere of influence, a better place?
As Christians, we are called to bear fruit. If we accept Christ and live a life that honors Him by showing others how He has impacted us, loving others and helping where we can, our life will bear fruit.
Living out our faith is what sets us apart. We make a difference in the lives of those whom we come in contact with. I want people to encounter Jesus when they are around me, whether that is in my business or personal life.
In business, we can be an example of integrity, honesty, reliability, accountability and honor. Those qualities, combined with the heart of service, will no doubt have a positive impact in our workplaces.
The writer of Hebrews vividly describes what happens to seeds that are sown and those that are ignored. Sown seeds grow into vibrant, healthy plants that produce bountiful crops. Seeds that are scattered and ignored are overtaken by weeds, choked of life and wither away.
Each of us is blessed with certain gifts (think: seeds). How we use those gifts is critical.
If we use our gifts to sow into the lives of others, a “good crop” will result. If we squander our gifts, use them for selfish gain, or worse, don’t use them at all; then like weeds, we choke the life out of ourselves and are useless.
“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” –Thomas Kinkade