As a new follower of Jesus, John Beckett felt conflicted. He thought his conversion surely meant a future in foreign missions or the like, yet he knew he was hard-wired for business. Then, he sensed a divine nudge, and “I’ve called you to business” became a life-directing mandate which has guided him in leading virtuous companies over the past 50 years. As a result, manufacturing operations on three continents bear increasing fruit.
A role model and pillar of today’s Faith@Work movement, John challenges Christians in the marketplace: “Join me in this growing army for whom the secular-sacred divide is a relic, and instead see life as a wonderfully integrated adventure.”
REFLECT & RESPOND
1. Does the lens through which you read the Bible include or preclude application to the workplace? Can you give an example of how God’s word has informed your work?
2. How have you made your core values come to life in your sphere of responsibility?
3. Are you fully affirmed that your work is a high calling and worthy of the same commitment and zeal as ministry? In what ways do you struggle to maintain this perspective?
John Beckett is chairman of The Beckett Companies in Elyria, Ohio, worldwide leaders in the production of engineered components for residential and commercial heating. A founding board member of Intercessors for America, as well as The King’s College in NYC, he also serves on the board of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). He is the author of Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul and Mastering Monday: A Practical Guide to Integrating Faith and Work.