Lent Day 23 Reflection
“But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” // Deuteronomy 8.18
Today we are praying for “seeking God for the business people”. I laughed a little at the irony of the title as I read thru the prayer in my Lenten guide because my husband, Joel, is quite the businessman and it just happens to be my turn to blog today. How fitting!
As Joel and I were reading through the prayer passage we began to discuss the definition of wealth. I immediately thought of wealth in financial or monetary terms much like Webster, who defines wealth as “a large amount of money and possessions”. However, as Joel and I went further into our discussion on the definition of “wealth” in relation to the Deuteronomy passage and business life, he gave me such a new and meaningful explanation of wealth in completely different terms. An explanation and definition I hadn’t quite equated with the term “wealth” and certainly one that Webster didn’t give us.
Joel began to expound on his definition of “wealth” and how it has shaped his business practices, everyday life, and the way he seeks the welfare of the city and it’s business people.
“If it’s God that gives you the ability to produce wealth, then this “wealth” that Deuteronomy talks about can’t be something that separates us from Him. Ultimately it can’t replace God in our hearts. That means that this wealth is His and not ours and we are called to be good stewards of this gift. So as Christian’s in the workplace, whether employees, entrepreneurs, managers, or executives, we are called to spread God’s wealth among the people we work with on a daily basis. With this thought we could say that God giving us the ability to produce wealth ultimately gives us the ability to spread His kingdom.”
Our prayer is two fold as you read and pray through the Lenten guide today. First that as businessmen and Christian’s in the workplace, we would change our definition of wealth to be more Christ like so that we can truly be vessels to enhance the kingdom in our everyday lives. And second, that we don’t allow the pursuits of the world to be our definition of wealth, but that we seek to produce God’s wealth in our lives.