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12 Business Owners Sign away their Company to God

By Kent Humphreys - Do you remember the last time that you signed over the deed or title of something that you owned? The last time you sold a car, you signed over the car title. When you sold your last house, you signed over the deed at closing. Have you ever sold a business or a commercial property?

With a property we may do that quite casually and be glad to get rid of the debt and make some cash. I remember when, in 1997, I signed over ownership of our distribution firm which our family had owned for 38 years. It took me about 45 minutes to sign papers on two or three long tables. The next day I was still CEO, but someone else owned the firm. I then had a stewardship position, I still felt responsible and wanted to succeed, but a huge burden was lifted from my shoulders. I was no longer ultimately responsible for the debt, the livelihood of four hundred families, and the final decision. I was accountable to the owner to run it properly.

On my recent visit twelve business owners in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, signed over the deed to their businesses to Jesus Christ. It was a special privilege for me to be there. Four local pastors were also present. Each company owner read the deed and signed it. The pastors prayed for each business steward individually. Then we prayed, laid hands on the pastors, and commissioned them to be involved in the equipping of each CEO to run their business for Christ. Finally, the pastors prayed for the group of leaders as a whole that their actions would impact the companies, the city, and the nation. We had two witnesses sign each deed and took photos to help remind all involved.

These leaders had been involved in small groups of business owners for several months. Each group met for three hours a week, instead of the one and one half hours that most groups in the States meet. Just as I did in 1997, they assumed the role of CEO as stewards, no longer owners. Every decision must be made in the best interest of the owner, Jesus Christ. They must be obedient stewards and be honest and faithful CEO’s. However, Christ is the owner and He will make the final major decisions. That takes the pressure off. All we have to do is submit to His vision, mission, principles, and leadership.

If you feel led to do the same as these Malaysian leaders, just adapt the form below. I suggest that you have your spouse, pastor, fellow group members, and key employees attend the ceremony. Have witnesses sign the deed with you. Make sure that your peers hold you accountable. God already owns every thing; we are just acknowledging our position as stewards of the business.

DEDICATION OF BUSINESS BY BUSINESS OWNERS

I ………………………… the legal owner/part-owner of ………………………………… solemnly declare before everyone present and before all Heaven and Earth that I on this day willingly deed the ownership of this company over to the Almighty God, the creator of all things.I believe that God, my heavenly Father desires that all things be reconciled back to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. As of today I acknowledge that God is the rightful owner of …………………………………. and I am merely His steward looking after His resources.

Therefore, I now repent of all the past wrong doings done by …………………………………; it’s owners, officers and employees and ask you God to forgive us and cleanse us by the blood of your son Jesus Christ. God, I ask you to redeem …………………………………., all it's assets and reputation so that it can be used to bring glory and honor to your name. I desire to be a Priest in this company and pledge to lead this company for Christ to the best of my ability. I will do everything in my capacity as ………………. to honor you in all the practices and dealings of ………………………………….

I now dedicate …………………………………., all it's assets to you for the advancement of your Kingdom.Help me God to carry out all that I pledge to do, in Jesus name. Amen.

Signed by ……………………….. (Name)

Witnessed by:…………………………..…………………………..…………………………..

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Written by Kent Humphreys and used with permission. All rights reserved.

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posted by Justin Forman | 4.20.2009 - 7:55 AM

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