–by Brett Johnson
“You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His Name.” – Deuteronomy 5:11
We have an increasing number of people nowadays who claim to have God in their business. Their mission statements even start with “To glorify God through my business…” Some have Christian literature in their lobbies, Crosses in the boardrooms, and fish on their business cards. Others have company prayer meetings, voluntary of course. Yet others collect prayer requests from customers and genuinely pray for them. Still others have Bible verses on their products. These things may be good, but it is possible to do them and still misuse God’s Name in your business or work. How?
God is into alignment
Doing business in God’s Name without doing business in God’s way is misusing His Name. God is really into alignment. He does not smile on us when we say we are doing business for Him while our business processes are not based on His principles. He is not pleased when we have Christian symbols on the outside but our core practices are pagan. Further, He makes it clear that we cannot claim that He is #1 when we make no time for Him, His desires, His dreams, or His plans.
Operate from a place of rest
Deuteronomy 5:12 instructs us to observe the Sabbath day and rest. In God’s Kingdom we cannot observe the first three commandments – putting God first, having no idols, and not misusing His Name – if we don’t operate from a place of rest (the fourth commandment). When we do anything from human effort and striving instead of from a place of rest we are blowing it. Yet most of us are so strung out, so stretched, that we don’t have meaningful time for God. We blame it on work, of course, when the matter is not how much we work, but how we work.
On a romp, or at rest?
And what about our leisure time, our Facebooking, shopping, exercising, primping, Christian meetings, socializing, or sleeping? Are we people on a romp, or people at rest? Are we making margin for God? The kingdom of this world is marked by hustle and bustle. The kingdom of God is marked by meaningful work, rest, and margin for God. If you have the outward trappings without the inward rest and practical alignment at the core of your operations, then there’s a good chance you are unwittingly misusing the Name of God in your business or career. If the name says “Kingdom business” and the operations say “strive to arrive” then it would be good for us to remember: “You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God.” – Deuteronomy 5:11
Ask yourself this:
Where does your business look like God on the outside, but operate like man on the inside? Has your career succumbed to the pressure of man and missed the purposes of God?
JOY! Magazine (February/March 2019)