B2B is a term that means business-to-business in the business world. This means a transaction that happens between 2 businesses. Alternatively, B2C, which is Business to Consumer (i.e. Starbucks > Me) is another term.
Tonight I have been thinking about a lot of things that I have been seeing in the world of business and wanted to share. It’s B2B. BIBLE to Business
Over and Over again I am seeing the principles of the Bible lived out as “fundamentals” to the best way to run a business.
A couple things I saw in business today.
To Serve is to Rule. -> That definitely sounds familiar.
CEO’s who shake hands with average joe’s and know all their names. -> Bible principle = Make friends with nobody’s — don’t be the great somebody.
Work tirelessly until we get it right. -> Ever read ECC 9.10
Find a way to win. -> Gal 6.9
What’s the point? God has his fingerprints over every facet of life, including business. So grateful to be a Christian so I can point out why these principles work!
There is a book called Kneeling Christian by “Unknown Christian”. You can find a PDF online for free.
It is not too much to say that all real growth in the spiritual life— all victory over temptation, all confidence and peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers, all repose of spirit in times of great disappointment or loss, all habitual communion with God— depend upon the practice of secret prayer.
Do we realize that there is nothing the devil dreads so much as prayer? His great concern is to keep us from praying. He loves to see us “up to our eyes” in work—provided we do not pray.
For we can accomplish far more by our prayers than by our work. Prayer is omnipotent; it can do anything that God can do! When we pray God works. All fruitfulness in service is the outcome of prayer—of the worker’s prayers, or of those who are holding up holy hands on his behalf. We all know how to pray, but perhaps many of us need to cry as the disciples did of old, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, He told me, “When you see the Holy Spirit descending and resting upon someone, He is the one you are looking for. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Son of God. - John 1
Sometimes you gotta go back to what you know. John is looking for the ONE in the midst of his whole world that he can perceive. He was a someone before he was the ONE.
John was saying, “I don’t know the answer. All I have is this one word from the Lord to go on.”
He is within a stones throw from the answer the whole time. How rigorous must his discpiline be to continue in belief as he waits to find the ONE.
NOTICE once the clue is seen in real life, John wastes no time staking his life on what he knows!
For me, I’m Married. So I did find the ONE!
But the ONE can be many things, to me right now it’s His Ultimate Calling.
I know what I have heard. I am ready to stake my life, the moment I see the clue!
Born in Bethlehem - Escape to Egypt - Return to Nazareth
- Sometimes obedience is simply keeping the promise alive
- They had to keep moving in step to avoid certain capture and death.
- God’s plan will always push us in the right direction. It’s are job not to resist.
It was almost time for the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that it was time for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. He had always loved those who were his own in the world, and he loved them all the way to the end. john 13.1
ALL THE WAY TO THE END.
I am a sanguine. I love life and people and experiencing all that God has.
Direct from wikipedia: ”Sanguine personalities generally struggle with following tasks all the way through.”
Jesus followed through. He finished everything INCLUDING loving his disciples all the way to the end.
How simple and easy circumstances change. People come and go, grow up, move out, move on. How simply and easy it is to dismiss the weak one or forget the difficult one, or avoid the ones who are hard to love. How easy to simply love ones you are trying to minister to and forgetting the ones we live among. Further on in John 13 Jesus commands us as he commanded the disciples. “
I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you.All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other. john 13.34-35
And If I can add… all the way to the end.
As it was said about Jesus, I pray for it to be said of me.
Andy loved his Christian brothers and sisters all the way to end.
10 When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers. Gal 6.10
You began your life in Christ by the Spirit. Now are you trying to make it complete by your own power? That is foolish Were all your experiences wasted? I hope not!Does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you because you follow the law? NO, he does these things because you heard the Good News and believed it. Gal.3.3-6
if it’s no, it’s no.
How many times I have waffled between “it’s only belief” and “it’s only faith as long as you are striving and trying your best and working to do everything perfect.”
If God does NOT give us the Spirit or work miracles because we follow the law — then IT IS TRULY A RESOUNDING NO!
HE does these things because you HEARD AND BELIEVED.
IT’S ALL ABOUT BELIEF.
IT’S ONLY ABOUT BELIEF.
IT’S NOT ABOUT HOW MUCH WORK YOU DO.
IT’S NOT ABOUT HOW MUCH TRYING YOU DO.
IT’S ALL ABOUT BELIEF.
IT’S ONLY ABOUT BELIEF.
>still trying to truly “get this” in my heart
“In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, I, Nehemiah, was in the capital city of Susa.” - nehemiah 1.1
“I was the one who served wine to the king.” nehemiah 1.11
Serving wine was the hinge for God’s ultimate purpose for Nehemiah.
It has to be this way. God’s people. You. Me. It has to be this way. It has to be the narrow way. It has to be the extra mile, difficult, delayed gratification. It has to be. It has to be the thankless, extra time, “no one else does”, why doesn’t this seem to work out the way I thought.” GOD IS POSITIONING YOU.
God’s may already have you 1 step from your ultimate destiny.
look at this wiki article. “Once there he defied the opposition of Judah’s enemies on all sides - Samaritans, Ammonites, Arabs and Philistines - and rebuilt the walls within 52 days”
Cupbearer to key component to the story of God’s people. Cupbearer to being surrounded by angry enemies of Israel while he built back the distinction and dignity for his beloved people.
Everything we experience is more than what it is.
1. The man with the unclean spirit sees Jesus from afar and immediately comes up to Jesus…only to ask “What do you want with me? (Mark 5.7)
Jesus barely has time to get out of the boat before this man shows up right in front of him and proceeds to ask Jesus what He wants from him. So Crazy. I can’t imagine someone running up to me and asking me “What do you want with me?” Uh, nothing! I don’t even know you….
Truth#1 God’s Spirit beckons. You can be across the sea, chained, oucast, and among the dead. God will FIND you FREE you and REEDEM you!
2. The people who saw Jesus and the healed man were AFRAID. (Mark 5.15)
The guy was demon possessed. He couldn’t be chained. Yet, now they see him HEALED, they see the pigs drowned, they see Jesus and NOW are afraid. So backwards.
Truth #2 Jesus came for the man not the crowd. He ALWAYS comes for the one.
3. The Healed man asked Jesus to go with Him and Jesus said NO. v.18-19
How could he not want to go with Jesus. The whole crowd was completely terrified and probably would still be outcast from the city. What’s the deal?
Truth #3 Jesus will never leave a city without someONE with a Testimony.
just a couple thoughts from yesterday….
1. Leverage what you already know.
2. Ask Intelligent Questions.
3. Connect the dots for yourself (learning 101).
4. Connect the dots for others (learning 102).
I was thinking earlier this week and jotted some quick notes down. Thought I would share.
Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. Genesis 30.25
Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.” Genesis 31 .3
How to give God your lifetime.
As I read this today, I just got stopped at how significant the verses surrounding these two actually are. From the time Jacob asks to leave, it is six years before he actually goes.
Yet, I see this as no small feat today. I have so many people in my life who have served God with passion only to walk away jaded and confused. This seems to happen in 3-4 years, and in awesome situations. Not 6 years with manipulative relatives constantly scheming behind your back and lying to your face.
What’s the reason? Perhaps it was because God never got their lifetime…
To give God your lifetime you must release your stranglehold of ownership on time. I do not own time. Time is not money. That’s a hard thought to grasp, in the carpe diem, the world is what you make of it, society that we live in.
God responds according to his divine purpose and if I want to be a contributor then my life must be lived submitted and faithful. These are the two characteristics that stand out from Jacob’s tenure with Laban. He was deceived but submitted anyway. 20 years he was faithful right up until God told him to go. If at any time Jacob decided to be reactionary, he would have become un submitted and left before his time. If Jacob decided that “enough was enough” and “No one should have to deal with this.” “God understands,” he would have chosen to move on, making him unfaithful.
I can trust God with my time. Time frame. Monthly plan. Season. Destiny.