WELL DONE – Know The Order of Things and Work the Order

| April 16, 2021

Jesus had the practice of knowing His order and working His order. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus gave His followers a critical principle to follow when He said, “But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Jesus was reminding his followers of their first priorities. He understands that it is easy to confuse order and become distracted by things that are urgent at the moment but not essential for long-term success. One mistake that many leaders and CEOs make is becoming confused about the proper order of activities and tasks to move the business forward.
The first three words of Matthew 6:33 are quite instructive: “But seek first.” An essential business-leadership practice is to focus on the crucial things that are often deemed “first things.” When a leader knows what is first, they can determine and begin to work the order of other things. When a leader understands the order of things, things become easier to understand.

Therefore, Well Done leaders do not become confused about the order of things. They know what is first, and they allow what is first to take priority in their lives and in their businesses.

 Order is important. Jesus never wavered on the order of things. He knew that which was most important. Jesus knew His mission, and He knew what He needed to accomplish and when He needed to have it accomplished. As a result, He knew how to place actions, priorities, decisions, and tasks in an order that helped Him to fulfill His ultimate purpose. Jesus was driven by passion and was able to get things done. He preached, healed, debated, and trained all on His mission because He knew His order of importance each day that He lived.

Many businesses become confused about the order of things because they do not have a leader who knows the order or will communicate how to work the order for the success of the business. Successful businesses find innovative and creative ways to communicate the order of importance in their company.

Mission BBQ is one example of how a smart company reminds both customers and employees of their order as an organization. Founders Bill Kraus and Steve “Newt” Newton named their BBQ franchise Mission BBQ because they had a mission to honor the military and the values of the country. A unique way that they remind their teams and customers about the order of their organization is at noon, each and every location has every employee and customer stand and sing the National Anthem.  This one act, which happens daily, reminds everyone who enters this company about the order of why this company was founded and what is important to them as they seek to expand and grow.

Jesus never wanted his followers to forget their order.  Jesus would later explain, in Luke 14:25-33, an essential application of knowing the order of things and working that order. He used a business story to highlight the art of discipleship, one that taught His followers that He and God’s kingdom must come first on their priority list. This passage reads:

Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”

This parable is about a lifetime commitment to Jesus. Jesus is reminding His followers that it is of no benefit in starting a relationship with Him if they are not willing to be committed to Him for a lifetime. This parable also has many applications to business, but one of the most essential is the importance of making an order of things that can easily become disordered.

It is not good business to start a project that you could not finish. Likewise, it is not wise to start acting or producing when you have no way of determining what the process is and how the process is completed. The Bible gives clarity to how God sees the order of things. His order must be followed to ensure success.



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Email | Website | Ken Gosnell is the CEO and Servant Leader of CEO Experience (CXP). His company serves Christian CEOs and leaders by helping them to hear the words Well Done. CEO Experience provides great retreat experiences for CEOs that both transform them and their organizations that enable them to go further faster. Ken is the publisher of the CXP CEO Executive Guide that is designed to help leaders learn faster by encouraging them to give themselves a monthly learning retreat. His monthly CEO retreats have helped thousands of CEOs and their leadership teams to enhance strategic, operational, and people accomplishments. He is a keynote speaker, executive coach, and strategic partner with CEOs and successful business leaders. He is also the author of the book Well Done - Biblical Business Principles to grow a business and a Kingdom Impact due out in early 2021. Ken also writes monthly business, leadership, team, management, and CEO articles for several business magazines and publications, including Forbes, Business.com, YFS Magazine, The Startup, and Executive Vine. Connect with Ken at @ken_gosnell on Twitter or on Linkedin @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/