Posted by: New in Every Way | July 18, 2012

A Win-Win Situation

Whenever new management comes on board, things change. The old rules no longer apply. That’s how it was when Jesus came saying, “. . . the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15).

One of the big changes Jesus announced in the Sermon on the Mount was that his followers should “. . . not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ . . .  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:32-33 NIV).

Have you noticed there’s very little time to visit prisoners or study the Bible? Very little money to support an orphan or go on a mission trip? Why is that? It’s because we’re putting last things first. When we put “making a living” first, there’s never enough time, money, or energy for “seeking the Kingdom of God.” On the other hand, when you put the kingdom of God first—you can still pay your bills. How does that work??

Here are a couple stories: “Suzy,” and her husband “Jim,” decided to send their children to a Christian school. Only one problem—there weren’t any in their city. So Jim, a lawyer and realtor, devoted a year to such activities as acquiring property and getting all the necessary paperwork in order. Suzy wondered how they would live, with Jim using so much of his working time for this cause. She shouldn’t have worried. A steady stream of clients contacted Jim all year long, and Jim made more money that year than he ever had before.

One evening in the 1930’s, R. G. LeTourneau, a manufacturer of earthmoving machines, sat down to complete a design to be used the next day. He remembered he had promised to join some young people from his church at a gospel mission. After a great struggle, he went to the mission, returning at about ten o’clock. Rather hopelessly, he headed to the plant and sat down at his drafting board. . . . Within ten minutes “the entire design flashed before his mind’s eye, complete and perfect.” From then on, all his machines were equipped with this part. It made their power control unit far superior to their competitor’s.1

1Albert W. Lorimer God Runs My Business: The Story of R. G. LeTourneau (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1941), p. 58-61.

 

Making It Personal

  • Which creates a win-win situation: putting “making a living” first, or putting God’s business first?
  • What is keeping you from doing the things that really matter? Will you take a risk and put them first?
  • What did Jesus promise to those who put kingdom business first? Pretty amazing how that works, huh?
  • Would you say daily miracles come into play when we put God’s business first?

 

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