Day 22 - Creativity and Growth

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR BUSINESS?

Genesis 11:1-9: “Come, let us build ourselves a city…let us make a name for ourselves…”

Matthew 23:12: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

My five-year old son heard me walk in the front door of our house. “Daddy, close your eyes and put out your hands,” he said. I did as I was instructed, and when he said, “Open your eyes,” there before me was a drawing of a brown dog with floppy ears and black eyes. Seth said, “I made it for you. Is it good?” With a smile on my face, I said, “It is great, and it will hang in my office.”

God has made us in His image (His character). As a creative, innovative, prolific God, we too have these same innate inclinations. Yet, we also have inclinations that are not of God’s nature. When the world was broken due to human sin, these good, God-given gifts turned self-serving.

In Genesis 11, we see a people in the land of Shinar (Babylon) who are employing their innate skills. They are thinking outside the box. They are innovating with new technology to build higher and bigger than ever before.

But, there was a problem: the God-given gifts were being used for self-exalting purposes. They said, “…let us make a name for ourselves.” They took a beautiful gift and tarnished it with the stain of self. Jesus taught the seemingly oxymoronic lesson of this life needed to flourish as a Christian: “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Employer/employee, go, be productive in a way that doesn’t serve yourself but others. Create, innovate, proliferate for God and others. Your heavenly Father cherishes your coming to Him and saying, “I made this for You!”

REFLECTION:

  1. Father, how might I humble myself today, so my work is done for greater purposes?

  2. What makes Christian work different than all other work?

  3. What’s God’s heart for how the businesses in your city could make a difference with their creativity?

Phil Spagnolo Puyallup, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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