When we think about work, we worry about work. And we worry about work all the time. We worry about work when we lay our head on the pillow. We worry about it even when we’re on vacation. But how should we think so we can stop worrying about work?
Instead of worrying about work, we should let go of our worries and give them to God. That is easier said than done. But that is exactly what God tells us we should do.
By paraphrasing Matthew 6:25-34, we can apply this passage to a business context. If Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount to business leaders today, He might have said this.
Therefore I tell you, stop worrying about your business: how you will get more sales or how you will get more customers. And stop worrying about your employees: how you will make payroll. Is not your business more than sales, and your workforce more than payroll?
How God Provides for Nature
Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father provides for them. Is your business not of more value than they? And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to the life of his business?
And why are you worrying about your employees? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory could not have provided for them any better. But if God so provides for the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more provide for your employees, O you of little faith?
How God Provides for You
Therefore stop worrying, saying, ‘Where will we get more sales?’ or ‘Where will we get more customers?’ or ‘How will we make payroll?’ For people who don’t believe in God seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Therefore stop worrying about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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