When God Owns the Business

More Than A Business


It is one thing to say that God owns your business, but it is another to actually put pen to paper and words into action. That is exactly what the Green family did with their company, Hobby Lobby Stores. In the first video, President Steve Green explains what that looks like. In the second video, he talks about when he realized God was using the business for ministry.  Steve Green is the President of Hobby Lobby Stores, the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. He is also the author of two books: Faith in America and The Bible in America.  


Describe a time when you surrendered something—business, bank account, reputation, relationship—to God, and then watched Him do with it what you thought was impossible.
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How did that strengthen your faith in God? How did it change how you approached seemingly impossible things in the future?
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The gospel says that all we have are gifts from God, nothing is earned or deserved. When do you struggle applying this truth to your life or business? What might change if you saw all you have as grace and gifts to be stewarded?
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Steve always knew he wanted to be in business with his father. Listen as he shares when he came on board and how he grew to see his job as a ministry over time. 


How have you experienced God lead and guide you throughout your career? Has it been what you expected–why or why not?
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In what ways—big and small—has God used you to reflect His character and minister to others throughout your career? What might change if you considered your job a ministry?
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"Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 'For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?' For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen." – Romans 11:33–36 ESV

All things—even our businesses—are from God, through God, and to God. May we surrender it all to Him for His glory.