“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
Several years ago, Norman Vincent Peale wrote the phenomenal bestseller: The Power of Positive Thinking. By applying the practical techniques outlined in this book, millions found a way to energize life and gain the initiative needed to carry out their ambitions and hopes.
“But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk…” I Cor. 7:17
There is research that shows that as high as 80% of Americans are unhappy with their job. Interestingly, the number only goes higher with more pay or even with management or ownership positions. I have found that these statistics remain consistent within the Christian community as well.
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” I John 2:27
We have all faced those situations where the answer is just not readily available, and where there seems to be no way to find it. Your training did not prepare you for this, the manual does not address it, and those around you are as confused as you are.
“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” Hebrews 4:1
One of the great temptations for God’s marketplace ministers is to get so involved in the task, to be so sold out on the work itself, that God is somehow forgotten. It is: “Thanks Lord for calling me, and I am so grateful to know that work is from you, and I know I can be a minister for you….so now I’ll do it. And by the way Lord, I’ll call on you if I need any help along the way.” Of course, none of us would be so blatant as to put it that way, but nonetheless, that is what the result is. And so there we are, sold out to God’s call, but doing it in our own strength. And equating busyness for obedience, a full calendar for full understanding, and hard work for God directed work.
“And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.” Luke 19:17
The Parable that starts in verse 12 of Luke 19 is a business parable. It teaches both the ROI principle and the reason that God wants you to succeed financially. Here Jesus is talking about a businessman who was going on a trip and leaving his finances in the hands of his servants. He gave them each the same amount of money and he honored the ones who brought the greatest return on investment.