Saturday, January 24, 2015

GAINING WISDOM THROUGH DISCIPLINE



Bobservations
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

    A long-time Christian friend was gifted with a good business sense. His first business was a tremendous venture, and he was very successful. But as a new Christian, he did not fully grasp the importance of today’s scripture passages. His business partner was not a believer, and lived for the world, for money, and all the things that the Bible warns against. When the partner failed to pay business taxes, and absconded with all the profits, the Lord used all of it in a corrective fashion for this brother-in-Christ.

    Two subsequent businesses took him into a comfortable retirement. And now in retirement, He is a consultant for other young Christian entrepreneurs.     Gleaning from God’s wisdom imparted to him, my friend has seen the pitfalls that present themselves to every business venture, Christian or otherwise. He could bask in the success that the Lord brought to him, but he understands that being gifted freely by Jesus, he desires to freely share what he has learned through trials, and victories, at the feet of the Lord.

    THIS is Christ; this is brotherly love. Spoken in love, the truth is not only encouraging, but it’s also admonishing as wrong thinking is pointed out, along with its poor results.

    We look at 2 Timothy 3:16 (“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.”), and we clearly understand the personal application of it to our lives. But if we take this same verse, and extend it to our professional lives, and into the business world, will God not also bless there as well?

    My friend had many trials in his first business, including a bankruptcy after its failure. But he was not beaten down, only bruised. He plodded forward and purged his “old” knowledge of business, and built anew.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God.”             -2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

Matthew 10:8 – “…freely ye have received, freely give.




















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