Many years ago, I felt compelled to write letters to several wealthy business people. Among them were the President of WalMart, the Founder of Chick-fil-A and a businessman in Mansfield, Texas with a reputation as a Christian Philanthropist.
The President of WalMart called me at home and the Founder of Chick-fil-A sent me a signed copy of his book with a note in it. The Philanthropist? I was driving down the freeway when I suddenly exited, walked in unannounced, and enjoyed 2 hours of conversation with him.
In each case, I learned a great deal about serving with everything God has given us, remaining humble despite one's wealth, and investing in people.
I have been blessed to have met several others since then – wealthy Christian business people who will actually use their wealth as a means for creating jobs so that they might win souls in the process, once employees “take the bait” of exchanging their time for cash.
Yes, there's nothing wrong with having loads of money, so long as money - or the lack of it - doesn't have US!
MUCH WORK... AND LITTLE TIME
Do YOU have a sense of urgency where Kingdom things are concerned? Do you live as though there is a promise of tomorrow, or with a purpose born out of winning souls while you can?
We hear a lot of talk about “The Last Days” lately. Movies like “2012” fuel that fire. Today may not be THE last day, but it could be MY last day.
When somebody screams, “We're gonna die!” in most cases, they are 100% correct.
According to Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council (FRC), President Obama, “A grave threat to your traditional values and religious freedom is resurfacing. Deceptively, it's called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Truthfully, it should be called the "Discrimination Against Christians in the Workplace Act." I know that sounds far-fetched, but this is what ENDA will do . . .ENDA will redefine your faith as illegal workplace bigotry . . . make the government a full partner in the homosexual rights movement . . . and force churches, small businesses run by Christians, and faith-based charities to hire nonbelievers or face federal investigation. This law would punish anyone in the workplace who dares oppose homosexual behavior, cross-dressing and other unhealthy behaviors. The liberals intentionally want to define "discrimination" very vaguely so that their allies in the courts and federal and state agencies will have broad latitude to silence traditional moral viewpoints about sexuality. Pro-homosexual members of Congress--with the administration's complete support--would like to pass ENDA before it becomes an issue in the 2010 elections.”
Perkins reminds us that FRC helped preserve Christians' freedom of religion from ENDA when it looked like the liberal-controlled Congress was going to pass it in 2008 and they can do it again, but need financial support. (CLICK HERE)
As many of you know, I am a Workplace Chaplain. Last Summer, I was successfully serving three businesses – all affiliated with the same parent company. These three facilities were part of a network of 39 businesses consisting of thousands of employees. One day, I received a call from the corporate secretary. Seems they received a 'thank you' from one of the Administrators of three facilities where I'd been serving, appreciative of the difference my services had apparently made among the employees. The woman who phoned me, seemingly astounded, asked, “You mean to tell me you PRAY with people in our facilities? “ She continued, “Let's say I'm an atheist...who do I sue, you...?”
She closed by requesting my address and, within two days, I received a Certified Letter demanding that I cease to solicit their facilities any further and to stay off their property. (I have since been informed that, for totally unrelated reasons, she, her superior and his superior have all been terminated. I cannot confirm that but, frankly, would not be surprised).
In contrast, just last night at a banquet, I spoke with a Kingdom-minded business woman who agreed with me when I quoted Jesus in John 9:4 when He said, “We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work.”
DO YOU “GET IT”?
This was a lady who “gets it.”
Other business people I've heard of, and know personally, have so embraced the Kingdom agenda, they cannot help but consider the soul-winning aspect of starting another business venture or – I dare say – hiring a Workplace Chaplain for the sake of their personnel.
Soul-winning is not merely aother religious term. The “soul” is referred to as the Mind, the Will and the Emotions. If we can sway those three things in another person - calling them over to our side - we have won their soul. As the one who signs the checks, the possibility exists to do some mighty effective work – greater than most churches could dream of!
Life is not a dress rehearsal. Where material goods, fame and trophies are concerned, we can't take any of it with us. None of it will matter at all in days ahead.
Pray about it. How can YOU maximize the Kingdom impact of YOUR organization? Maybe I can help.
Do a Spiritual Self-Assessment. Be honest about what motivates you.