Personal Narratives

Michael and Pennie Reese: Whenever you put God first in your work, He blesses!

Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things you need will be given to you.

To me this says, whenever you put God first, He blesses!
If you put God first in your life, He will bless your life.
If you put God first in your marriage, He will bless your marriage.
If you put God first in your work, He will bless your work.
If you put God first in your business, He will bless your business.

It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I understood God’s calling for my life was to be a Christian businessman. I was to show that you can be Christ-like and be successful in the business world.  God took me through a journey of working in almost every discipline in the business to prepare me for that calling.  Once that journey was completed, I was promoted to CEO.

We wanted a business that was dedicated to God.  A place where God could be lifted up and talked about without fear.  A place where your faith could be shared.   A place where you could love God and love others, openly.

Daily devotionals were sent each morning to the workforce via email.  On occasion, work would stop, and prayers were lifted up for those in need. People would come to my office, and we would pray for their needs, my needs, and the business.  What developed was a close-knit relationship that permeated through the organization.  People know when they are loved.  And it makes a difference.

And God taught me a lesson.  Whenever you put God first, He blesses.  I saw amazing things happen.  Significant improvement in all aspects of the business occurred.  Manufacturing cost reduced.  Sales increased, and the company went from losing money to becoming very profitable.

And most importantly, I saw people’s lives changed.
Whenever you put God first, He blesses!

Pastor Michael H. Reese, Cloyd’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Email address: michaelhreese@bellsouth.net
Office: 615.758.7434

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