W15D5 - Finances

"John answered, 'Anyone who has two shirts
should share with the one who has none,
and anyone who has food should do the same'" - Luke 3:11.

Leaders have access to resources and how they are distributed, which means they must deal with greed and the desire to amass personal wealth as they serve and grow their business. While personal generosity will combat and immunize against the greed virus, leaders need to help organizations be generous in their customer service, employee compensation and community involvement. Not only is this good business but it is also a priority with the Lord for the church, business and individuals alike.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Today you will evaluate your organization's commitment to generosity. Give your group a score of 1(poor) to 10(exceptional) in the following areas: employee compensation, bonus plan, problem solving for customers, sharing information with stakeholders, community involvement, investing in the community, and employee transitions out of the organization. Total your scores (70 max). Are you satisfied with the score? What can you do to improve?

W10D5 - Finances

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" - Matthew 6:24.

If leaders do what they do only for money, then they are a 'hired gun,' renting their services to the highest bidder. Money is a tricky and devious motivator, for to get money leaders have been known to do things they never thought they would do. What's more, the pursuit of money seems to take the place of God in the lives of the pursuers as Paul warned us, "But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs" (1 Timothy 6:9-10 ESV). Jesus warned us in today's verse that if anyone loves money, that person will hate God, which again indicates how strong the pull of money can be in someone's life.

LEADERSHIP STEP: There is only one antidote for the love of money and that is generosity. Today your step is to be generous! Perhaps there is someone in your world whom you can reward for a job well done by giving them an unexpected bonus, whether small or large. Or maybe you can give a personal gift out of your own funds to the poor. Finally, maybe someone in your world deserves a raise and today you will give it to them.

W5D5 - Money

"Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;" - 1 Peter 5:2.

This verse obviously addresses church leaders, but there are principles in it that apply to any godly leader, whether in the church or out. One of the principles in today's verse addresses how a leader relates to money and compensation. Any leader who does what he or she is hired to do solely for money is called a hireling in biblical terms, no matter how noble the work. Leadership should be compensated fairly and well for the expertise and experience they have, but they should be motivated first and foremost by a desire to serve others—the money should not be the top priority.

LEADERSHIP STEP: What would you do if you had all the money you needed to live on? If you answer that you would do what you are doing right now, then you are in the right place, and money is not your motivator. If you answer that you would do something else, then you must ask yourself if you are doing what you do now strictly for the money—and if that is the proper motivation. If that's the case, then meditate on whether or not it's time to do something else.