God’s first words to humanity were “be fruitful and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28) He is a God of multiplication and increase. The sooner you get into alignment with who Jesus is, what He says is true, and who He says you are, the sooner you will see fruitfulness in your life.
In this episode of The WealthBuilders Podcast, Colin Carr, the Founder and CEO of CARR, the nation’s leading provider of commercial real estate for healthcare tenants and buyers, discusses how to co-labor with God in your work, finances, and more.
Shownotes: How to Co-Labor With God: Biblical Principles for Profit and Increase
1. Understand God’s Will
Successful partnerships require a mutual understanding of the end goal. Scripture paints a clear picture of God’s priorities and plans that we have the opportunity to partner with.
Jesus came to earth to reveal God’s heart to us. He showed us what it looks like to receive from God, to be loved by God, and to love other people.
- Ephesians 5:17 (ESV): “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
- Hosea 4:6 (ESV): “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
2. Know God’s Nature
A. God never changes.
- Exodus 3:14 (NLT): “I Am Who I Am.”
- Hebrews 13:8 (NLT): “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
- Romans 3:2-4 (NLT): “True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful? Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the scriptures say about him, “You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win your case in court.”
B. God is a God of increase, multiplication, blessing, fruitfulness, and abundance.
- Cursing the Fig Tree (Mark 11:12-25)
- The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
- Feeding of the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21)
- Water into Wine (John 2:1-11)
- Fish Breaking Nets (Luke 5:4-11)
3. Believe What God Says About You
Do you have the mentality that what God says about you is true? Do you believe that whatever you do will prosper? The Bible doesn’t say you will prosper if you’re the most qualified, if your parents have status, if your mindset is perfect, or if you’re the heir to throne. We don’t receive blessings because we deserve them; we get them because Jesus deserves them. Out of his grace and abundance, He’s shared His inheritance with us.
Joshua 1:7 (NIV): “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV): “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Deuteronomy 30:8-9 (NIV): “You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors,”
Joshua 1:3 (ESV): “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.”
4. Bear Much Fruit
When people see increase and prospering in an individual or organization that operates by Kingdom principles, they’re drawn to it. In the same way that New Testament miracles alerted people to the gospel, fruitfulness can draw people to Jesus.
When you abide in Jesus, you will be fruitful. That looks different for every individual.
John 15:5-8; 16: “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. […] You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”
All of His Promises Will Come to Pass
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT): “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 (ESV): “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.”