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Revelation: Sowing and Reaping in Business
by Mary E. Banks
“They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; He blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and He did not let their herds diminish.” ~Psalm 107:37-38 (NIV)
I’ve always known that God is concerned about every area of our lives. At least I had head knowledge about the subject. But lately, God has been helping me to see in my everyday life that He really is concerned about every area of our lives.
Having recently started my own consulting practice, I’ve been heavily engaged in setting up my business: developing a website, ordering stationery, meeting with other business owners, buying equipment and identifying my market. Of course, I prayed about this entire endeavor, but frankly, I behaved as though God wasn’t interested in the details. I mean, is He really concerned about my logo design?
One day in my quiet time with Him, I discovered that there are so many great business principles in the Bible. Principles that teach us about leadership, service, building relationships, fair dealing, and the list goes on.
Because this is true, I’ve begun to look at these principles with new eyes as I manage my own business. For example, yesterday, I read a passage of scripture that reinforced how to grow a business. It said, “They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; He blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and He did not let their herds diminish.” (Psalm 107:37-38, NIV) At first glance, I was tempted to ask, “What do vineyards and herds have to do with running a business?”
Actually, as I thought about it – a lot! The principle of sowing and reaping is a core business principle. It’s also a core life principle. I’ve heard it said, “You will only get out of it what you put into it.” I’m learning that this is not only true in business, but in relationships and in any worthwhile endeavor.
If I sow my time, money, talent and creativity into my business, I should expect a harvest that produces more business and more opportunities to serve my clients. But a factor that I almost missed, until God spoke into my spirit, is the role God plays in all of this. What I hadn’t noticed before is that it says, “He blessed them . . . He did not let their herds diminish.”
Naturally this means that I must first do my part of sowing, planting and watering. But the increase comes from God. Just as He plays a role in the universal concept of sowing and reaping in nature, I now know the same is true as I apply this principle to my businesses and other endeavors. I must roll up my sleeves and work hard, but it is God that is providing the increase in my clients, the favor given to my products and the boost to my sales.
Anyone who really believes that they are doing it all themselves, or doesn’t think God cares about this, has merely fooled themselves into believing they have control over their own heartbeat and are the supplier of the air that they breathe.
Now as I begin to plan my day, I not only focus on the hard work ahead, but I get energized thinking of the reward that is sure to come when I do all that I can in the natural realm while trusting God to produce supernatural results! Yes, God is definitely interested in the details of my business. And the truth of the matter is He’s a great CEO!
Mary E. Banks is the author of “The Multi-Faceted Woman” and “Living by Faith 9 to 5.” She is the founder of Women of Wisdom Consulting Group, which includes leadership coaching, human resources consulting, strategic planning, teambuilding and conflict resolution training. A corporate executive in the financial services industry for over twenty years, Mary was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to a six-year term on the Texas Commission on Human Rights where she served as Chairman of the Commission. Having won several distinguished awards, Mary was educated at Oral Roberts University and Houston Baptist University and is currently an instructor at Rice University in the Continuing Education Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and daughter, the reigning Miss Waco USA, who is a pre-med student at Baylor University. Visit her website at http://www.wowconsultinggroup.com/.