Work and business are a part of God’s calling through which people can fulfill their divine mission and manifest God’s Kingdom on the earth. The primary way we will fulfill the creation commission to take dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28) and Jesus’ command to “occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13) is through our occupation or vocation. Cyrus McCormick understood his profession was a ministry from God. He not only invented the reaper, but he also built a new form of business—a new species of commercial organization—one based upon biblical principles.
His work laid the foundation for the prosperity of many people in America and throughout the world. He also “did more than other member of the human race to abolish the famine of the cities and the drudgery of the farm – to feed the hungry and straighten the bent backs of the world.” He did this, not by using the force of government to take from the productive and give to the unproductive, but by giving the everyday farmer a tool to make him much more productive.
Author: Stephen McDowell