May 29, 2020 • Life for Leaders
Scripture: Psalm 24:1-2 (NRSV)
The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Psalm 24 proclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in.” This truth can transform your daily work. Ultimately it all belongs to God: your workplace, tools, plans, products, inventory, colleagues, customers, employees, supervisor, capital, profits, systems, structures, and influence. Therefore, honor God through your work today. Do justice and love kindness. Treat all people with dignity. To God be the glory!
O God, creator of all things, because you have created them, they belong to you. All of them.
The earth belongs to you, the planet with its mountains and plans, its lakes and rivers, its oceans and seas. From the outer crust to the innermost core, this earth is yours because you made it and it exists for your glory and pleasure.
Everything in this world belongs ultimately to you, Lord. Yes, I might claim ownership of my home or car, my business or cubicle, and all the stuff upon which I might put my name. But, in reality, I’m just a steward of what you have entrusted to me.
So, whether I own “my own business” or work for another, I confess that everything is yours. What I make with my hands or create with my strength or organize with my mind, it all belongs to you. The technology that makes my work possible also belongs to you, including electrical grids, roads, digital conferencing platforms—and, yes, even the Internet.
Those who live in this earth also belong to you. Though they may not know your name or recognize your sovereignty, they will are yours. Even if they deny you, your claim upon them remains.
Help me as I work, Lord, to see those with whom I interact as people who belong to you. May I recognize that they bear your image. Thus, may I treat them all with respect and kindness. May I seek your justice in my workplace, whether in the way I run my business or the way I treat the person working beside me.
The earth is yours, Lord. All of it. Including me and my work. May I honor and glorify you through my work today. Amen.
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Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.