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God Owns it All

Guest Post by Doug Hunter, President of FCCI - It’s a simple statement, and it seems obvious enough.  But there are a couple of reasons why FCCI puts this first on our list of Core Values.  First, if you and I don’t get this one, none of the others make any sense.  Second, agreeing with and understanding these four words is one thing … actually living and leading our companies as though we believe them is something else.


Building a case for God’s ownership is not difficult:


•    “In the beginning, God created …”  (Genesis 1:1)
•    “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him”  (Colossians 1:16)
•    “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”  (Colossians 3:23)


I am tempted to make the list longer, but you get the idea.  Now take the next step:  If God is the Owner of this business … I am NOT.  It is not “my” company, and, regardless of what it says on my business card, I am not the CEO … so what am I?


In Colossians 3:23 Paul just told us that we are serving the Lord Christ, so “servant” or “employee” might fit.  However, especially for someone who does have CEO/Owner/President/Managing Director or something similar on your business card, perhaps the best title to describe our role is that of “steward”.  The dictionary’s first definition of steward is:  “a person who manages another's property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.”  It’s God’s company, and He’s given me the responsibility to manage or administer it as His agent.


Let the ramifications of that soak in – especially if it’s a new thought for you.  Then remember that the Core Value statement is that God owns it ALL – that means there is nothing related to your … oops, His company that is not important to Him, and, since He is omni-present (He’s everywhere), He wants to be a part of everything you and I do related to His company.  Now, don’t get overwhelmed by that.  It doesn’t mean we conduct our business from our knees – at least not literally – but it does mean you and I need to be in regular communication with the Owner, we need to know what He considers important (He’s given us a Book that lays out the basics pretty clearly), we need to learn to make decisions in ways that maximize His input (See Dr. Henry Blackaby’s classic book, Experiencing God, for a great outline of what that process can look like – it confirms that God communicates to us through the Bible, prayer, other believers and circumstances - tools for executive decision making), we are called on to obey the Owner’s directions even when they conflict with “commonly accepted business practices”, and we need each other to be sure we stay on track.


Just imagine the difference it would make if every man and woman who claims to be a follower of Jesus and also leads a business actually led those companies as stewards for the real Owner.  Imagine the impact on excellence, on service, on relationships, on accountability, on priorities, on use of resources … imagine the impact it would have on our global marketplace.


That even means recognizing that God has the right to sell or to close His company.  One of the most challenging points in my life was when God was working on selling my … His elevator company, and I, the “CEO”, did not want to do that.  I loved that business for any number of reasons, but my FCCI group helped me understand that I needed to love God more than I loved Carter Elevator Company … and they reminded me that “No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)  If Carter Elevator looked good to me, then He must have something even better in store … and He did … you!


I know this only begins to scratch the surface of what it means to understand and live the belief that “God Owns it ALL”, but the deeper unpacking of a core value like this is really work for you and the Owner.  Ask Him to help you get this right, and meet me back here next week to take on #2.

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posted by Justin Forman | 1.11.2011 - 5:55 AM

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