There’s a song I’ve dedicated to my wife before we were married. It’s a beautiful song that captured my emotions at the time of dedication. Later on I took her to the concert and they played it. It became our wedding song. Recently, I played it on the car ride home from the hospital with our new baby boy. It brought us both to tears.
I love the song because its a reminder of my commitment to her. Sometimes I’ll play it when I’m mad at her because I know it brings my heart back in alignment.
Dedicating this song to her was powerful and has helped me in good times and bad.
I think we all know the power of dedication because we’ve experienced this in the past. Weather it was a dedication to your wife, or a song dedicated to someone that hurt you, hearing the song brings up strong emotions for us.
We have the ability to have similar emotions in our businesses by dedicating our businesses to God. We dedicate things so that we create a bond between the two subjects. How amazing would it be to dedicate your business to God so that there is an eternal bond and a higher sense of purpose and passion as you continue building?
The Bible shows us what that looks like as we read the final chapters of Nehimiah.
Nehemiah 12:27-30 reads
At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. The musicians also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem—from the villages of the Netophathites, from Beth Gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, for the musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem. When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people, the gates and the wall.
Whats going to happen now when people walk past the wall of Jerusalem? They will think of the time they dedicated it to God and the songs of praise and thanksgiving. It will be a good memory impressed in their minds.
Dedicating your business to God will add protection and align your heart with God’s. It will give you a crutch to lean on during bad times. Similarly, it will give you a podium to speak from during the good times.
When we dedicate something to God, we give it all to him. We hold nothing back. It is given in full and joyful surrender. It is all for God’s pleasure, all for his use, all for his glory.
God’s desire is for us Godpreneurs to be like him…holy! (1 Peter 1.14-16). If we want to restore our businesses, we must first ask God to help us walk in holiness. Then, we will become “living stones being used to build a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2.5).
How would you plan a dedication of your business to God? What elements would be included? What would such a celebration look like? Pray: God, we want to uplift your name among the people. Help us to dedicate ourselves and our businesses for your glory. Give us the encouragement we need, and remind us that you are always with us.