How to Bless your Business
(Posted also at LeaderWorks)
From time to time I get to do things that are just fun. Today is a day for that. I am traveling across town to bless a man’s business. I will arrive mid-morning and tour their small factory. Then he will gather all the employees together for a few minutes and turn it over to me.
I have put together a few thoughts (below). I want to do more than just ‘wing it’ with a prayer and a bible verse. And since I am an Anglican, I have a short liturgy. 🙂
Here is my thinking.
- The Apostle Paul states that believers in Christ should have a new kind of life. His famous epistle, which is read every Easter Sunday (Colossians 3:1ff) elevates our heart and mind. The rest of our life and the way we live is changed; that is what he covers in the rest of chapter 3. His call to “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” will allow me to speak directly to the employees. I will have a short meditation on this passage.
- The prayers (below) are said in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is asked to bring the blessing over all things, the Son blesses the day to day work of our human labor, and the Spirit is asked to bring wisdom and insight that is so greatly needed in todays’ business environment.
- The third part reads a little awkward…but I love it. I am going to ask the business owner offer this prayer. The values that he will charge his employees to uphold are the values that his company lists on their website. Perfect!
- The people will respond with the statement from Psalm 90.
In this increasingly secular age, I consider it an honor to bring a Christ-centered blessing into the business world. Of course, not everyone at the company would be a Christian. I will be sensitive to that. But as Jesus entered the workforce and brought Good News to the marketplace, I think that every minister who can should go there too.
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