What Does The Bible Say About Business? - Identity

By Kris Seale on July 24, 2016

This will be the last blog in my “What Does The Bible Say About Business?” series. Last week, I heard a talk by Toby Slough, Senior Pastor for Cross Timbers Community Church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, that fit perfectly as a conclusion to this blog series.

The Bible’s message for those of us in business is centered around relationships – how we should treat others. But before we can focus on our relationships, we must have a strong sense of our own identity, and Toby’s talk addressed this issue of identity.

Like most good Southern pastors, he had three points concerning the topic:

  • Identity is built through intimacy with the Father.
  • Identity is built in small battles and is exposed in big battles.
  • Identity releases us from the need to compare or control.

Let’s examine each point:

Identity is built through intimacy with the Father

Toby said, “Until you KNOW who God is, you will never know your true identity.” No matter who you are, you want God to work faster! You want Him to reveal Himself to you now, to spell out who you really are now, to shape you now, and to help you NOW. Toby emphasized, “Unfortunately, God is not a microwave God; He’s a crockpot God!” He works based on His time not our time, and often, His timing for us is much longer than we desire – so, we grow impatient.

The way we get to know the Father, the way we develop intimacy with Him is by spending time with Him – through prayer, meditation, and Bible reading. How many of us limit the time we spend with Him? I’m guilty for sure. Here’s something that I’ve learned, when I do spend time with Him, I’m much more patient, relaxed (relaxed as I can be), focused, open to others, and prepared to make decisions. You know, at times, it seems selfish to take time each day to be with the Father, but by being a little selfish, we are then so much better for others in our lives.

Identity is built in small battles and is exposed in big battles

Toby mentioned the story of David and Goliath. Before battling with Goliath, David was a shepherd, but not just a common shepherd. To protect his herd of sheep, he fought with bears and lions – so, he was a tough kid. David’s father sent him to bring food to his brothers who were part of Saul’s army, and as you know, the army was in a stalemate with the Philistines – no one wanted to fight Goliath. David shows up to deliver lunch, and he hears what’s going on, and he says to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” You can see why God referred to David as “a man after my own heart!”

The point of this story is God had prepared David for this battle with Goliath long before the encounter. David had built his strength, his character, and his trust in God (considered small battles), so, he was fully prepared when the big battle came along. The same is true for us. God is shaping our identity, our character, and our talents so that we’ll be prepared when the appropriate time comes. By trusting Him, He will use small battles to help us fight the big ones.

Identity releases us from the need to compare or control

Whether you are leading or following, there is always the temptation to compare ourselves to others and/or to try to control others. By knowing who we are and by having our identity defined by God, we are released from comparing and/or controlling – there is no need to compare and/or control because “I am a child of God.” Toby Slough said it best, “Identify ourselves not as the King, but as the child of the King.” What is better than KNOWING that you are a child of God, and He loves you and always wants what’s best for you?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog series. Hopefully, you now know a few more things concerning what the Bible says about business. I would love to hear your thoughts – please leave me a comment.

Blessings,

Kris

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