“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” ~ Mark 16:15
This is an excerpt of an email devotional sent by Patrice Tsague, Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries…
I recently heard a story of a kingdom business steward who, after many years of sharing the Gospel with an employee in his sales department, finally won him over to the Lord. During an event the employee was asked to share his testimony with the guests. He stood up and shared how excited he was when his boss kept talking to him about the Great Commission. As a sales person who was primarily paid on commission, hearing about the Great Commission excited him. Of course the commission his boss was referring to was a commission more valuable than a percentage of any sales transaction. This commission would give him an invaluable and eternal compensation. Like this sales person, I too was brought to the Lord through finances. It was in the early 1990’s when I was introduced to a kingdom business steward. While my interest in him was purely driven by economic incentives, his interest in me was motivated by the fact that I was a lost soul who desperately needed to be saved. As I pursued him for money and wisdom, his commitment to fulfilling the Great Commission was unwavering which finally led me to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, and my life has never been the same since. How did you come to Christ? Who was the disciple whose commitment to the Great Commission led you to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
The Great Commission is an eternal mandate to all who claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we have an obligation to share the good news we have received with the lost and commit to disciple them until they conform to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. This commission originated from God the Father. The first person to receive the commission was Adam, the first earthly son. The earth was unpopulated so Adam’s commission was to populate the earth with other children of God who would reflect His image and likeness and carry out His will in the earthly realm (Genesis 1:28). After Adam sinned, the Lord raised up Abraham and gave him the same mandate. It would be through Abraham that all the families of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3). Though Abraham’s commission would bring blessings to the people of the world, it could not undo the spiritual damage that Adam committed since that required the shedding of blood. So God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to restore spiritual order by dying on the cross (John 3:16). Jesus then passed the commission to His disciples and to all of those who would come to believe in Him (Mark 16:15).
Among all of Jesus’ disciples, kingdom business stewards are uniquely positioned to fulfill this great mandate since the marketplace is where most unsaved people spend much of their time. No matter what industry or type of business you are involved in, each of us must have as a part of our business plan a great commission strategy. How will you, through your businesses, share this great news with others and support those who accept it towards maturity in Christ?
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"The path of God's choosing is blessed. The path of your choosing is stressed." J. Calvin Tibbs
On this Labor Day, this is just a small reminder that your work is blessed when it has been assigned by God. Whether you're an entrepreneur or employee, anything that you're doing outside of His direction or permission will always prove to be much more challenging than it would be otherwise. Even when it's assigned by God that doesn't guarantee that you won't have challenges, but at least you will have God's grace to empower you to get it done.
God's ways are always profitable for you, especially as it relates to your business or career. Don't embrace the world's system that says the harder you work the more valuable you are. In the Kingdom, God is not looking at how hard you work. He's evaluating how obedient you are. Obedience leads to being blessed. Disobedience leads to stress.
When you follow God's plan, you will be able to enjoy your holidays and your work days!
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